Two days ago, you felt a sharp pain in one of your teeth – that’s a toothache! Since this unexpected occurrence, you’ve continued to experience intermittent pain. The discomfort in your tooth is beginning to dampen your mood.
If you can relate to this scenario, you might desperately desire to know the cause of your dilemma. The following issues are common culprits of aggravating toothaches.
Tooth Decay is the Number One Cause of Toothache
Tooth decay results in cavities. Tooth decay can harm both the inner layer, dentin, and outer coating, enamel, of your teeth. If you have a cavity, you might experience a toothache whenever you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sweet.
When foods containing carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, cake, milk, or soda remain on your teeth, the bacteria in your mouth transforms them into acids. The bacteria, food debris, acid, and your saliva join to develop plaque.
Sticking to your teeth, plaque dissolves the enamel on them. This process creates the holes in your teeth known as cavities.
Kids aren’t the only ones susceptible to cavities. Adults can get them too. As you age, your gums pull away from your teeth. When this happens, the roots of your teeth become exposed to plaque.
An abscessed tooth is an infection either between your gum and your tooth or at the root of your tooth. This oral health problem usually results from severe tooth decay. However, this painful condition can also be caused by:
- A broken tooth
- A chipped tooth
- Gum disease
These issues can lead to openings in your tooth’s enamel. Bacteria is then able to infect the center of your tooth. This infection can infiltrate from the root of your tooth to the bones supporting it.
Besides causing excruciating pain, an abscessed tooth might make you have a fever, foul smelling breath, a sour taste in your mouth, swollen neck glands, and a swollen jaw.
Grinding your teeth on a regular basis can result in a host of oral health issues. People often repetitively grind their teeth due factors such as:
- An abnormal bite
- Missing teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Sleep apnea
Besides causing headaches and jaw problems, chronic teeth grinding can lead to fractured or loose teeth. This destructive habit can even wear your teeth down to stumps. This type of trauma might make you have frequent toothaches.
A Damaged Filling
Dentists treat a cavity by removing the decayed portion of your tooth and replacing it with a filling. Besides fixing cavities, fillings are sometimes utilized to repair cracked or broken teeth.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen trauma or normal wear and tear, fillings can become damaged. When this occurs, toothaches can happen.
If you’re experiencing a toothache, you might not be able to concentrate on anything besides your pain. You may also desire a solution to your problem as fast as possible.
If a toothache is plaguing you, one of the aforementioned issues might be to blame. Regardless of your particular situation, Dr. Shumway can provide you with a diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.