Why Do I Have a Toothache?


girl with toothache holding her cheek

There are many different things that can cause a toothache, which is why it’s important to get an accurate assessment from your dentist.

Just about everyone has experienced the discomfort of a toothache at some point their lives. Cavities tend to be the most likely culprit, but they are actually just one of several possible toothache causes. Here are a few reasons your teeth might be not feel too happy.

Tooth Sensitivity

Sharp pains while eating or drinking hot and cold foods could mean a cavity, but it could also be an indication of sensitive teeth. Receding gums or a thinning of the tooth enamel can result in sensitive teeth. If you suspect this is a problem, make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth.

More Severe Toothaches

Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite into food could be due to a cavity or a cracked tooth. However, if the pain is throbbing or incessant you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection. These problems should be dealt with as quickly as possible, so make sure you get in touch with your dentist right away.

Sinus Infections

You might be surprised to learn that some tooth pain is not even because of your teeth. Pain in the upper teeth and around the sides of your face may indicate sinusitis — aka a sinus infection. These toothaches typically occur when you have nasal congestion and tenderness around your sinuses. If this is the case, it may be worth making a trip to the doctor.

Jaw Pain

Pain that is targeted more toward the jaw could be due to a temporomandibular disorder. Injury or trauma to the jaw, tooth grinding, arthritis and cancer can all severely impact your jaw. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed can also cause jaw pain if your molars are impacted. To get a more accurate diagnosis, make an appointment with your dentist! While intermittent pain may seem like just an inconvenience, it’s never worth waiting until the pain becomes truly severe. A conclusive diagnosis will help determine the source of pain and subsequent treatments.

Quality Dental Care from Affinity Dental

See your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures are always in perfect condition! At Affinity Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

We accept most insurance plans and offer convenient payment options. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health! Call us today, at 410-719-7900.

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