woman with toothacheIt’s happened to all of us. The throbbing, sharp, or dull pain that arises in the middle of work, chores, or the middle of the night. Suddenly, that work assignment, vacuuming, and sleeping aren’t so easy. In fact, you may have to stop whatever you’re doing to take some pain medication and lie down for a little while. Toothaches are no joke, and they shouldn’t be overlooked.

There are many reasons a toothache can occur but the best way to know what is causing yours is to visit the dentist as soon as possible. That way, he or she can address the underlying issue and provide you with relief.

Here are seven of the most common reasons for a toothache:

1. Dental misalignment

When teeth aren’t straight, it’s likely that bacteria have harbored and are causing decay or infection. The teeth may also be moving or pressing together, causing pain. Rather than just treating the symptoms, your dentist may suggest orthodontics to correct the misalignment.

Our office offers traditional braces and Invisalign® so no matter your age or circumstance, there is a solution! By the end of treatment, your smile will be healthier and more beautiful than ever before!

2. Impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth that haven’t emerged from beneath the gums often cause pain either because cutting the gums simply hurts or because there isn’t enough room for them to break through the gums. If there isn’t enough room, the pain is probably radiating throughout the mouth and an extraction may be necessary. If there is enough room, simply taking over-the-counter pain medication and using ice packs can provide temporary relief.

X-rays must be taken to determine whether or not the teeth are impacted.

3. Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Morning headaches, jaw pain, and sore teeth are often symptoms of teeth grinding. Some people press and rub their teeth together when they are stressed, but others only do it at night when it goes unnoticed. A mouthguard may be necessary to stop the bruxism.

4. Dental sensitivity

Pain that comes after eating or drinking things that are hot or cold is most like due to dental sensitivity. This occurs when the outer layer of dental enamel has worn down or gum recession and the inner layer is exposed. Your dentist may recommend a change in toothpaste to help reduce symptoms.

5. Chips or cracks

Like with dental sensitivity, chips and cracks can expose the inner parts of a tooth and cause discomfort. The difference is that the pain doesn’t usually come and go. Over time, the damage may worsen and lead to radiating pain.

6. Gum disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults.

Dull pain around the teeth, bleeding gums, and constant bad breath are all signs of gum disease. It can be difficult to determine where the pain is coming from in this case, but a trip to the dentist is absolutely necessary.

7. Tooth decay

Cavities, also referred to as tooth decay, is the most common reason for a toothache. Along with filling the cavity, the dentist should also discuss the patient’s oral hygiene habits. He will recommend the patient improve any part of their oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities in the future.

Find Toothache Relief

A toothache can make even the simplest tasks seem difficult. Find a caring and trustworthy dentist near you to find the relief you need.

Our Denver dentists are prepared to help you achieve a healthy, pain-free smile through comfortable dental care. Call 303-534-2626 today to schedule an appointment with our friendly team.