Some Causes of Toothaches

In Blog, Oral Health by Dr. Lattinelli

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Nothing ruins your day like a toothache. Whether it’s mild discomfort or severe, throbbing pain, a toothache is a red flag that should prompt a visit to your dentist. Because the causes of toothaches may not always be immediately apparent, diagnosis by our dental office should always be your first course of action. Wondering what’s causing your tooth discomfort? Take a look at a few potential causes of toothaches.

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Cavities or Cracks – When you think of a toothache, you usually think of cavities. Cavities are a common cause of sharp, stabbing tooth pain. A crack in the surface of the tooth causes similar pain.

Receding Gums – Irritated or receding gums cause tooth sensitivity, which leads to pain.

Thinning Enamel – Thinning of your teeth’s enamel can cause plenty of discomfort – especially when brushing or consuming hot or cold foods and liquids.

Abscess or Infection – Infection, such as occurs in the sinuses, can cause abscesses and throbbing, incessant pain. Sinusitis causes tenderness and swelling to both sides of the face as well as nasal congestion. An infection or abscess should be treated as soon as possible by a dentist or primary care physician.

Wisdom Teeth – For those who have not had their wisdom teeth removed, impacted molars are often the toothache culprit.

Temporomandibular Injury or Trauma – Tooth pain can originate in the jaw, caused by a number of temporomandibular disorders. Bruxism, or tooth grinding, is a common cause of damaged teeth. The teeth and jaw can also be affected by conditions such as arthritis and cancer.

Are you suffering with the discomfort of tooth pain? Visit the office of Joseph C. Lattinelli, DMD and associates for the highest quality dentistry services in Lenox Hill. Our accredited and highly-skilled team of professionals will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your unique needs. We offer a full range of dental services, ranging from preventive and diagnostic to cosmetic.