The Common Causes of a Toothache

A toothache can be extremely painful and it’s often difficult to alleviate the pain. If you notice you’re experiencing excessive pain in your teeth, it’s important to get to your Dentist to find out what the cause might be so they can treat it accordingly.

The top four causes of a toothache are:

  1. Tooth Decay

The major cause of most toothaches is tooth decay. Although this issue is common, a lot of people fail to address it and it can then lead to far more serious dental problems. If your tooth decay becomes bad enough to be causing a toothache, or even worse a sharp pain, then it means the decay has reached the inner layer or possibly even the center of the tooth. You should contact your Dentist to have it checked and treated.

  1. Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess occurs when tooth decay advances past the inner layer and center of the tooth and creates inflammation and infection around the root of the tooth. This pain is more likely to be persistent and constant and will require immediate attention to prevent loss of bone and the tissue in the gum.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is usually accompanied by red and bleeding gums, toothache as well as a dull pain surrounding the mouth in the infected area. This is also a serious condition that needs to be addressed quickly as it can lead to the loss or deterioration of the bone, teeth and gums around the affected area.

  1. Tooth Fractures

Damage to the teeth can be a cause of great discomfort and pain. There’s many ways these breaks or fractures can occur, such as biting on a piece of hard food or even during sports where correct mouth guards have not been worn. The pain caused by this is usually a result of exposure to the nerve which should be taken care of ASAP to avoid further damage and relieve the pain.

If you’re experiencing any pain in your teeth, gums or jaw then it’s important to contact your local dentist to address the problem early and start you on a treatment that can avoid further and more serious dental problems. Contact us at Hendriks Dental today to make an appointment at our Auckland office.