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Causes of Toothaches: Dental Pain and Discomfort

By Steven Kail on November 30, 2014


A patient undergoes a dental examPremier Dental Center provides the best possible dental care at our offices in Jackson, Bells, and Brownsville. This means offering cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry services that enhance a patient's smile and improve overall health.

Toothaches are among the most common dental problems that we deal with on a day-to-day basis. Let's cover some of the most common causes of toothaches right now.

Serious Tooth Decay and Toothaches

If you suffer from a major cavity, it can lead to tooth pain. Sometimes the tooth pain can be especially severe, making it difficult to eat your favorite foods or drink beverages that are hot or cold.

The ideal treatment option for tooth decay is having a restoration placed. The type of dental restoration (filling, inlay, onlay, crown) will depend on the extent of the tooth damage.

Injury/Damage and Toothaches

Blows to the head and mouth or accidentally biting on hard objects can lead to major chips or cracks of a tooth. These can be very painful, especially damage that weakens the overall tooth structure.

As with tooth decay, the ideal treatment option for tooth damage will be the use of a dental restoration.

An Abscess Leading to a Toothache

An abscess refers to the infection of the root structure or internal structures of a tooth. This is a very painful situation and needs to be treated in order to prevent the spread of the infection to other parts of the mouth.

The ideal treatment option for this particular form of toothache is root canal therapy, which removes the infected material and can save the tooth.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) and Toothaches

Tooth grinding places major stress and pressure on the teeth as well as the jaw joint. Over time, a person's teeth can get very worn down, and chips and cracks can form in the process.

Treating bruxism is usually multi-step. A mouth guard can be used to limit contact between the upper and lower dental arch, stress management techniques can be used, and even orthodontic care may be considered since crooked teeth often cause bruxism.

Gum Disease/Recession and Toothaches

When the gums recede from around a tooth, the tooth becomes more sensitive to hot and cold substances. In addition, recession of the gumline makes abscesses and tooth decay at the root structure more likely.

Treating gum disease will involve getting the infection under control with medicated rinses, pills, or topical solutions. Any recession is then addressed through the use of soft tissue augmentation.

Impacted/Misaligned Teeth and Toothaches

When wisdom teeth are pressing against your molars or you have crooked teeth that are severely crowded, this can lead to tooth pain and a general sensation of tenderness over time. Sometimes the pain is very severe.

When wisdom teeth are the cause of tooth pain, the ideal treatment is an extraction procedure. For crooked teeth and spacing issues, orthodontic care is the most ideal solution.

Tips for Preventing Toothaches

The following dental hygiene and oral health tips can help prevent toothaches from occurring:

  • Avoid smoking and using tobacco products
  • Wear mouth protection during contact sports
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once at night
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups

Schedule a Consultation at Premier Dental Center

For more information about treating toothaches and addressing other kinds of common dental problems, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team at Premier Dental Center looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best dental health and wellness possible.

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