Tooth pain has a number of causes. Without treatment, tooth pain can lead to serious and possibly dangerous complications. Anyone experiencing tooth pain should see a dentist as soon as possible.
A cavity is one of the most common causes of tooth pain. The pains are often sharp and intermittent. The tooth may be sensitive to cold or hot foods or beverages. Cavities are caused by decay that begins in the tooth enamel. Pain occurs when the decay progresses into the dentin, or next layer of the tooth.
A tooth abscess occurs when there is an infection below the roots of the tooth. An abscessed tooth causes intense, throbbing pain. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the bones or blood stream, resulting in serious health problems or even death. An abscessed tooth can occur if tooth decay is left untreated, from a broken tooth, or from advanced gum disease.
An accidental injury to the mouth can result in a broken or cracked tooth. As a result, the nerve of the tooth can be exposed, or the tooth’s root may be damaged,causing a toothache. Cracks or breaks in the teeth allow bacteria to enter and cause decay.
An infection in the sinuses can cause pressure on the upper teeth. It is difficult for the patient to determine if the pain is coming from the tooth or from the sinuses.
When the wisdom teeth are trying to erupt from the gum, they may become impacted if there is not enough room in the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed.
Teporomandibular Joint Disorders
If your jaw or bite is not aligned properly, the forces on the teeth are uneven, causing nerve inflammation and resulting tooth pain. This disorder causes patients to clench or grind their teeth, which wears away the enamel and can cause tooth fractures.
What To Do
If you are experiencing a toothache, chances are the cause of the toothache will not go away on it’s own. The pain may subside for a time, but will most likely flare up in the near future. It is best to consult with your dentist as soon as possible to treat the cause. Please feel free to contact us at (417) 777-8654 with any questions or concerns.
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