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Three Common Causes of Toothaches

Toothaches are terribly painful and nobody wants to get one.  There are multiple causes of toothaches.  Three common causes of toothaches are:

1)      Tooth Infection/Abscess (Pulpitis) – This is the most common cause of toothaches.  Pulpitis is an infection of the pulp of tooth, where the tooth nerve is.  Often times, tooth infections are caused by the bacteria in your mouth and a cavity has been untreated.  If a cavity is left untreated, it can deepen to the nerve of the tooth, causing pain.  A tooth infection could also occur from trauma to the tooth or a filling that wasn’t sealed correctly, allowing bacteria to leak into the tooth around the unsealed edges of the filling.

2)      Infection Around Tooth (Periapical Abscess)- This is caused from untreated gum disease, when the bacteria gets into the pockets between your gums and teeth causing an infection called an periapical abscess.

3)      Cracked Tooth- This is usually manifested by a sharp pain when pressure is put on the tooth when chewing and then the pain is relieved when the pressure is lifted from chewing.  This pain can occur because as you chew on a cracked tooth, it puts pressure on the tooth, causing the cracked tooth to separate even further which can cause pain.

The above list does not cover all of the causes of toothaches.  Some other causes could be a sinus infection or wisdom teeth (back molars) putting pressure on adjacent teeth.  Are you having pain in your teeth?  Call your dentist today to have your teeth evaluated with x-rays and an exam to find out what is causing your tooth pain.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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