Toothaches Are Not Always Caused By Decay

Even those who take their oral hygiene very seriously, brushing and flossing regularly and seeing their dentist a couple of time a year can suffer from a toothache. Obviously, the most likely cause is a cavity but, cavities are but one reason for a toothache in Mount Prospect.

Teeth can be very sensitive:

If you suffer a sharp pain in a tooth while eating or drinking either cold or hot foods or beverages, it could very well be that you have tooth decay. Tooth decay is not the only cause, you may have sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by receding gums or a reduction in the thickness of your tooth enamel. Until you see your dentist to get to the root of the problem it is best to use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that has been specially formulated for use with sensitive teeth.

Severe toothaches:

Any toothache can cause unnecessary pain and discomfort, if the pain is extremely sharp, especially when you bite on food it could be an early indication that you have a cavity, lost a filling or cracked the exterior of the tooth. If the pain is constant then it may be caused by an abscess. Regardless of the cause, make arrangements to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Perhaps it’s not your teeth:

It is easy to put any pain down to a cavity, abscess, etc but perhaps it is a sinus infection. If your upper back teeth are painful, then it could be your sinuses acting up. If this pain has been preceded by a running nose you should see your general practitioner.

If you believe the pain is truly a jaw pain it may be TMJ. TMJ is caused by excessive tooth grinding, trauma or it can be advance warning that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Whatever the reason, always make an appointment with your dentist. The causes are not always clear; your dentist knows the appropriate treatment for any toothache.

If you have a toothache in Mount Prospect it will never get better without professional intervention. You are invited to make an appointment with James Kakos, DDS.