What Causes a Toothache?
What Causes A Toothache?
A toothache is a sign of an underlying problem and should not be ignored. Whether the pain is fairly mild or quite severe, you should have the tooth assessed by a dentist. Even if the pain comes and goes, you should still have it checked out to find the cause.
Gum disease is a common oral health issue and one which can lead to a toothache. Gum disease can cause inflammation of the gums or lead to the gums pulling away from the teeth.
Since the gums support your teeth any problems with the gums could result in a toothache. If the tooth becomes infected it can be extremely painful and your face may swell up. At this point, root canal therapy or even an extraction may be required.
Cavities are another common dental issue, caused by tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth will penetrate a cavity and can result in a painful infection. Cavities can also lead to uncomfortable tooth sensitivity which may come and go. However, once the cavity is treated by a dentist any toothache should clear.
If a tooth has been damaged in any way and has become cracked, it is best to have it checked out by a dentist. Left untreated, a cracked tooth can be an entry point for bacteria, potentially leading to a painful infection.
Another way teeth can be damaged is through teeth grinding. This can often be experienced overnight as you sleep and places additional pressure on the teeth and jaw, leading them to ache.
Toothache can also be due to the wearing down of the protective tooth enamel. Poor oral health care and a diet containing high levels of refined sugar can see increased bacteria and acids harming the tooth enamel. Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods can result from this.
What Might Cause Painful Teeth?
Painful teeth tend to be indicators that an issue in your mouth needs to be addressed. As such symptoms can be associated with a number of causes, it is best to see a dentist.
What are three factors associated with a toothache?
- You could be suffering from a simple cavity.
- Gum disease can likewise cause painful inflammations.
- Tooth grinding (bruxism) may also be diagnosed.
“These are all signs and symptoms that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.”
How Surgical Orthodontics Can Fix Your Jaw Pain
Many cases of jaw pain are caused by a misaligned bite, where the upper and lower teeth are not correctly aligned:
- A misaligned jaw can result in difficulties speaking and chewing as well as jaw pain.
- Surgical orthodontics can help restore the correct alignment, particularly in severe or challenging cases.
- Your dentist will be able to advise if surgical orthodontics is suitable for you and may need to refer you for an orthodontic consultation.
“Your oral surgeon and orthodontist will design a comprehensive treatment plan that includes predictable outcomes based on your unique facial structure.”