Toothache: It's Not Always Because of a Cavity

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Karl Olson
Toothache: It's Not Always Because of a CavityNo matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, you may experience toothache at some point. Although the most common reason for a toothache is cavity, there are many other possible reasons for tooth pain.

Teeth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can occur due to various factors, including receding gums that expose your tooth root and thinning enamel. Thin enamel may be due to age, genetic, or certain medical conditions. When you consume hot or cold food, it can cause sensitivity in your teeth.

If you experience tooth sensitivity, Dr. Karl Olson and Dr. Matthew Olson at Olson Family Dental recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothbrush to clean your teeth. Fluoride treatment may also be recommended.

Fractured Tooth

If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth or if you suffer a blow to the mouth, you may have a fractured tooth. This injury may be marked by shooting pain every time you bite down and chew. In this case, it is important to get treatment from us as soon as possible.

Infected Tooth

If you feel persistent and pulsating pain in your tooth, this may be a sign of a deep-rooted tooth infection. In this case, you may have an abcessed tooth root, which may be filled with pus. To drain the pus and get rid of the infection, you need to get treatment as soon as possible.

Sinus Infection

Sometimes, the pain your experience in your teeth may be not be because of a tooth at all. It may be because of a sinus infection. If you experience pain in the upper teeth on the side of your face, this may be caused by sinusitis. This condition may be accompanied by nasal congestion.

Once you get treatment for the sinus infection, your pain will go away.

TMJ Disorders

If the pain is near your jaw, it may be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. This can be due to a trauma to a jaw, injury to the jaw joints, bruxism or tooth grinding, arthritis, or certain cancers. Wisdom tooth may also result in jaw pain.

Not all tooth pain is persistent or severe. In some cases, your pain may go away on its own. However, if you feel sensitivity or pain in your tooth that comes and goes, it is important that you get treatment for it, rather than waiting for it to intensify. Schedule an appointment at Olson Family Dental by calling us at (203) 838-3132 today.

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