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Top Toothache Causes and What to Watch For

Toothaches can be caused by many different factors, but they all tell you one thing: something is wrong. When you’re experiencing a toothache, knowing the symptoms and causes can help you decide what to do next. Here are a few of the most common causes of toothaches and what you should be aware of:

Severe Pain

A toothache can be one of the most painful experiences that you ever go through. The pain is usually caused by hypersensitivity of the nerve, caused by trauma or infection. Whether the pain starts suddenly or comes on slowly, it isn’t going to go away on its own – you need to have your dentist check the tooth to see what is wrong. 

Pain or Sensitivity to Sweets and Hot Temperatures

Do sweet foods and drinks make your teeth hurt? What about hot or warm drinks like coffee? Both of these symptoms indicate that something such as nerve damage or a cavity is present. Getting an x-ray as quickly as possible will allow your dentist determine the extent of the damage and the least invasive way to address it. 

Pain When Pressure is Applied

If you are chewing and a tooth hurts so much that you have to avoid biting on it, you likely have an infection. It could be an abscessed tooth resulting in swelling near the root, or chronic periodontal disease destroying the gum attachment fibers. Avoiding this condition may result in loss of the tooth.

When you have a toothache, it’s important to have a dentist that you can trust. Talk to your dentist about your concerns and ask what options are available to eliminate pain as quickly as possible while also saving your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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