4 Possible Causes of a Toothache

Dentist and patient looking at dental xraysDoes your tooth hurt? At this point, you don't really know what’s causing the pain; you just want relief! But figuring out the source of your discomfort could help you ease the pain a lot faster.

What's behind that annoying discomfort? 

1. Cavity

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you have a sore tooth. Tooth decay usually causes a lot of sensitivity and often a dull ache. As a cavity advances, more and more nerves in the tooth are exposed to temperature change.

If decay gets too far, it can result in a very painful abscess.

Do you have a severely decayed tooth? A generic painkiller may help until you can see the dentist. 

2. Worn Enamel

Enamel is the protective layer on the outside of your teeth. When it wears away, your teeth can become achingly sensitive. Some causes of enamel loss include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Acid erosion
  • Age

A sensitivity toothpaste can strengthen existing enamel against wear. It also helps to avoid extremely hot or cold foods. 

3. Gum Trouble

Gum infections can cause a localized spot of discomfort in your mouth. Receding gums expose the sensitive tooth roots to temperature and decay. Your discomfort may not even be directly tooth-related if soft tissue problems are to blame. 

4. Trauma

Did you know you can bruise the ligaments around your teeth?

If your tooth is hit hard enough, it can actually damage the gums around it. This will make your tooth sore and sensitive for a little while. 

Whatever your cause of dental pain, Atlantic Dental Partners are at your side, ready to help you find comfort. Contact us for an examination if you have had a dental emergency or are experiencing discomfort. We'll make sure you leave our office breathing a sigh of relief! 

Posted on behalf of Atlantic Dental Partners


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