One morning you wake up to a deep pain in your tooth. But what is causing the ache? You’ve been brushing and flossing regularly, so you’re pretty sure it’s not decay, disease, or infection. But your tooth definitely hurts. While you should go see a dentist if the pain continues for more than a few days, this blog should help you get an idea of what might be the real problem behind the pain. So put on your cap and grab your pipe, because we’ve got a dental mystery to solve!
The Most Common Culprits
As implied above, the most common causes of toothache are tooth decay, gum disease, or an infection. While these are easily prevented, they are very often the root cause of your tooth ache (pun intended).
Other Possible Suspects
If you and your dentist are pretty sure that your toothache isn’t being caused by any of the above, you should check and see if it’s possibly the result of one of the following problems:
- Bruxism or teeth-grinding
- Trauma, such as being hit in the mouth
- Bite or alignment problems
- TMJ disorder
- Sinus or ear infections
- Angina, a heart disease
Follow the Trail of Clues
Luckily, your toothache isn’t the only clue you have to follow. Unfortunately, however, while other symptoms may make the cause of your toothache easier to diagnose, it will also make it more dangerous and uncomfortable. Often aches that are caused by disorders, infections, or stress in other parts of the face or head (such as TMJ or a sinus infection) are accompanied by a headache.
If you are experiencing fever, swelling, any sort of discharge or pus, or difficulty breathing, swallowing, or chewing, contact your dentist immediately.
Once you and your dentist have discovered what caused your toothache, you’ll be able to work together to lock that bad guy away. Whether you require a cleaning, medication, braces, a root canal, or something different entirely, your dentist will be able to help you rid your mouth of the pain so that you can smile freely again.