Wesley R. Davis, DDS
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What a Toothache Can Mean

October 16, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Wesley R. Davis
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Even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing regularly, and you are sure to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings, you might still experience the discomfort of a toothache at at some point. Often a cavity is behind that nagging pain. But there can be other reasons for what a toothache can mean. Let’s take a look at what a toothache can mean and why you may need to visit your Hershey dentist.

Sensitive Teeth

Although sharp pain while you are eating or drinking hot or cold foods could mean a cavity, it could also mean that you are sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can happen if your gums are receding or if your tooth enamel is thinning. Call your Hershey dentist for an appointment if you are experiencing sensitive teeth. While you are waiting to see your dentist, you can try a special toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. That, along with a soft-bristled brush, can help ease your symptoms.

Severe Toothaches

If you are having tooth pain that is sharp and stabbing especially when you bite down on your food, you might have a cavity—or possibly even a cracked tooth. If you still have your wisdom teeth, they could be the culprit. If the pain throbs incessantly, however, it could be an abscess or infection. If it is the latter, you should call you dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Pain That Is Unrelated to Your Teeth

If you have pain in your upper teeth on both sides of your face, it could be a sinus infection, or sinusitis. Usually your tooth pain will be accompanied by nasal congestion and tenderness around your sinuses. You’ll want to check with your doctor if you think this could be the cause of your tooth pain.

If the pain is in your jaw rather than your teeth, this could be related to temporomandibular disorders caused by a direct injury or trauma to the jaw, by tooth grinding (bruxism), or by arthritis or cancer that are impacting the jaw.

For any kind of tooth pain, it’s best to play it safe and talk to your Hershey dentist right away for treatment!

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