A toothache is a common problem that occurs for many reasons. How common are toothaches? The report, Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015, shows that in 2013, 16% of adults with natural teeth experienced toothache in the previous 12 months.
Toothache symptoms may also include headaches, fever, and swelling. If you experience a severe toothache or one that lasts for longer than a full day, it is wise to see your Glenroy Dental dentist as soon as possible.
Why Do We Get Toothaches?
We get toothaches for many different reasons, and the reason we have a toothache often dictates the proper treatment of it. Here are the “Top Ten” causes of toothaches:
- Orthodontic Work Braces, retainers, and other alignment devices are a common cause of aching in teeth. Pain usually occurs right after adjustments, which tighten or move teeth, but the pain normally subsides after a few days.
- Misaligned Teeth or Impacted Wisdom Teeth Misaligned teeth can push against other teeth, forcing them out of line as well. This causes pain in the process. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be extremely painful.
- Improper Brushing or Flossing Sometimes people brush and floss their teeth far too hard. This results in irritated, inflamed, and bleeding gums. This can cause gum recession causing teeth to become unstable, and causing pain at the same time.
- Teeth Grinding Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is another common reason for tooth, jaw, neck, and related muscle pain. Bruxism can also result in sore jaw bones and joints, headaches, and even cracked or chipped teeth, all of which are very painful.
- Damaged Fillings or Dental Sealants Fillings that cover deep pits, grooves, or tooth fractures, protect vulnerable interior parts of the tooth. When these fillings are damaged, the sensitive inner tooth becomes exposed. This can result in a pain that is anything from a dull ache to a sharp, piercing sensation.
- Temperature Sensitivity If you experience sharp tooth pain during, or very soon after, eating or drinking hot or cold foods, it might mean you have sensitive teeth. Your tooth enamel may have been worn down and your tooth’s dentin (the layer where the tooth’s nerves live) exposed. To help protect these nerves, try a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth or consult us.
- Tooth Fractures Teeth can be cracked or chipped in a variety of ways, including falls, sports, impacts, or biting down on something hard or sticky. If you feel pain in a fractured tooth fracture has probably reached the middle of the tooth where the nerve endings are.All fractures and chips should be dealt with as soon as possible, before they have the chance to worsen.
- Gum Disease Gum disease is characterized by a dull pain in the mouth, red, bleeding gums, and sometimes tooth pain. If untreated, teeth, gums, and bones can be damaged or lost, and surgery may be necessary
- Tooth Abscess When tooth decay affects the root there is a good chance that the root and the surrounding tissue will become infected. This results in widespread pulsating pain that may make it difficult to determine which exact tooth is the cause of the pain. This needs to be dealt with as soon as possible as it can result in bone and tissue loss.
And, number one is our old enemy
- Tooth Decay The most common reason for a painful toothache is good old-fashioned tooth decay, leading to cavities. If a toothache becomes less of an ache and more of a sharp pain, tooth decay may have reached the centre of the tooth. This results in intense pain that makes it difficult to carry on with normal life. These issues need to be addressed as soon as possible as they are not only painful but can quickly lead to bigger dental issues.
What To Do?
If you have a toothache, or any of the other symptoms mentioned above, it means it is time for you to call you quick and convenient Glenroy Dental dentist. We can diagnose the cause of your tooth or mouth pain, and recommend the treatment you need to restore your dental health!
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At The Glenroy Dental Group, your overall health and happiness are our ultimate dental goals. We use the most modern technology available and employ the latest dental techniques. We want you to receive the best possible dental care, including quick and efficient treatment of toothaches!
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