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3 Surprising Causes Behind a Toothache

There are no signs of a cavity or infection, so why does your tooth suddenly hurt?

Here are a few reasons for a toothache that most people don’t suspect, at first.

  1. Sinus Problems

Is it an upper molar that’s killing you?

Upper tooth roots can sometimes extend close to the sinuses. If you’re familiar with sinus infections, then you know just how miserable that pressure can make you!

That very same pressure caused by infected sinuses can press on the tooth roots. Voila! Instant toothache.

  1. That Time Your Mouth Got Hit . . . A Long Time Ago!

You were just playing with your kids. You ran into the side of an open door.

Whatever the cause, it’s easy to take an accidental whack to the mouth. Your tooth may hurt for a couple hours, but then it’s fine and you move on.

But the tooth that was “fine” can flare up with pain when you least expect it. If you have an unexpected toothache, it could be a fracture or nerve damage dating back to an event you nearly forgot about more than a decade prior.

  1. Gum Recession

Gums can start to pull away from teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Age
  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Braces
  • Poor tooth alignment

When they do, they expose the sensitive dentin on the tooth root. This can give your teeth a sharp shock in temperature changes.

Although sensitive teeth don’t seem as serious as a cavity, you should still see your dentist. Exposed tooth roots are quick to develop decay.

Is a toothache ruining your life?

Get relief by discovering the cause of your dental pain. Contact your dentist to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554


Sinus Pressure and Toothaches: Are they Related?

Do you experience toothaches in your upper teeth?  If so, are you also suffering from a cold, sinus infection or seasonal allergies?  If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, don’t assume the pain is coming from a problem in your teeth yet.

Sinus Toothache

Sinuses are the air-filled cavities, lined with mucous membranes above their upper teeth. When you get a sinus infection, the inflammation of the sinus can create symptoms of a toothache that throbs on more than one of your upper teeth. Thankfully there is nothing wrong with your tooth!

The tooth pain is caused from swelling and buildup of mucous, which builds pressure in the sinus cavities.  The nerve in the roots of your top teeth are very close to your top sinus cavity.  Your tooth nerves are affected by the pressure buildup in the sinus and you can feel tooth pain that closely resembles a classic toothache.

How Do You Treat Your Sinus Toothache?

The only way to make the sinus toothache go way is to treat the sinus problem.  Taking a decongestant or antibiotic to eliminate the infection will also result in the pain of the “sinus toothache” going away.

How Do You Know if Your Toothache is a Sinus Toothache?

If you have a toothache in more than one tooth, the pain is isolated in your top teeth, and you currently have a cold, sinus infection, or seasonal allergies – chances are good that you have a sinus toothache.  If the toothache does not go away after treating your sinus infection, you should see your dentist to receive a proper diagnosis of what is causing your toothache.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929


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


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


Is it Really a Toothache?

This time of the year it isn’t uncommon for someone to come into the dental office with a toothache. Someone who has never, ever had a toothache before. Suddenly, they find themselves experiencing severe discomfort, pain, or pressure that throbs or sends shooting pains into the rest of their face.

You might not know it, but when this happens there is a very good chance that it isn’t even tooth related. When it’s allergy season (or even cold and flu season), a lot of people develop moderate to severe sinus pressure and congestion. When you think about it, it’s normal that some of this pressure is perceived as a toothache. Why? Because the lining of your nasal sinus cavity often lays directly across the tips of the roots of certain maxillary (upper) teeth. When congestion worsens, the area swells and begins pushing onto your tooth. Your body interprets this as a toothache due to the localized pain.

Thankfully all that is usually needed is a small X-ray taken by your dentist to see what is going on around the root of your tooth. If there is no tooth decay or abscess, but the lining of your sinus seems to be draped across the root along with an enlarged sinus – then it’s likely that your pain is simply caused by nasal congestion. Some people notice more significant pain when they move their head up and down or side to side. If infections are severe, it might be necessary to take a prescription antibiotic along with a strong decongestant.

If tooth pain persists or does not improve, see your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Causes of Toothaches

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A toothache is described as throbbing or continuous pain that starts around a tooth, and often extends to the gum line and to the jaw.  Pain can be severe enough to keep someone up at night, and may be accompanied by a fever in cases of infection, or swelling in cases of an abscess.

There are many different things that may cause a toothache.  The number one cause of a tooth pain or a toothache is a cavity.  A cavity is tooth decay that has eroded part of the tooth, causing a tiny hole.  A visit to the dentist to clean out the decayed portion and restoring the toothe with a dental filling will make pain stop.

Other causes of tooth and gum pain include gum disease or gingivitis, a tooth abscess, an impacted tooth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth root decay, or bone erosion.  Pain in the mouth and around the teeth is never a normal finding and should not be ignored.  If you are experiencing tooth pain, you should contact your dentist and be seen as soon as possible for a complete evaluation.

While waiting to be seen by your dentist, an over the counter pain reliever can be used to help with the pain.  Always follow the recommendations on the bottle to make sure you are not taking too much pain medication.  Some individuals may also have pain relief by using a hot or cold compress for a few minutes every hour.  Never place ice or a heating pad directly near the mouth, and always use a layer between the skin and the hot or cold source.


What Causes Toothaches?

Toothaches always seem to impact your life at the most inconvenient time…typically on a Saturday night, or when you’re away on vacation. Below are several common causes of toothache or tooth hypersensitivity:

Allergies or Sinus Infections:

Inflammation of the nasal sinuses can cause pressure to be applied to the roots of our upper teeth, imitating periodic toothaches. When necessary, take an over the counter decongestant or allergy medicine to decrease the symptoms. See your medical practitioner if symptoms persist.

Fractured Teeth:

Trauma or injury can cause teeth to fracture. If the tooth comes out in one piece, or in a very large portion, place it directly in a cup of milk. Do not scrub or attempt to clean the tooth as this damages connective tissues that help the success of reimplanting the tooth into the mouth. Call your dentist immediately.

Whitening Products:

You heard it right. Whitening products such as toothpastes, gels or rinses can and often do cause tooth hypersensitivity. Discontinue their use and try a sensitivity toothpaste for two weeks.

Tooth Decay or Dental Abscesses:

Dental disease in the form of decay or abscesses can cause intermittent or chronic tooth pain. While the symptoms may subside, the condition will not correct itself on its own.

Gum Disease:

Untreated gum disease can cause bleeding gums and tooth mobility. A professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits can reverse this process.

In most cases, you can prevent toothaches before they ever start. Through preventive care appointments every 6 months your dentist able to screen for conditions that cause dental disease and infection. If you’re currently experiencing a toothache, don’t put off getting it treated by a dentist.  Dental problems generally get worse if left untreated and you may be able to avoid more invasive treatment by seeking treatment as soon as possible.


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