The Many Causes of a Toothache

Tooth pain or sensitivity is not only uncomfortable, it is also usually a symptom of a more serious dental problem. Rather than trying to deal with the discomfort, patients should seek help from a dental professional to find the underlying problem before it gets worse. The doctors at Maple Grove Family Dental can determine the cause of the tooth ache or sensitivity so that an appropriate treatment can be chosen to alleviate the pain.

There are many possible causes of a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. The doctors at Maple Grove Family Dental perform a thorough dental exam to assess each patient’s oral health and determine the cause of discomfort. Depending on the cause, a treatment will be determined. The following are the most common causes of toothaches or sensitivity.

  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay causes damage to the enamel of a tooth. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying layer of the tooth is exposed. This can lead to either pain or sensitivity. If decay is found to be the cause of a tooth ache, our doctors at Maple Grove Family Dental can help. Depending on the degree of decay, this can be done using a filling, root canal or a dental crown.
  • Injury: A traumatic injury to a tooth can cause significant damage that can lead to pain and sensitivity. An injury can result in cracks, fractures, or even nerve damage. Our doctors at Maple Grove Family Dental will help determine the severity of the injury the tooth has sustained and follow through with the best available treatment to restore the injured tooth.
  • Root canal infection: An infection of the root canal is very likely to cause a patient discomfort and result in heightened sensitivity of the tooth. When an infection is present, a root canal will need to be performed to clean out the infected tooth material and seal off the tooth to prevent further infection.
  • Tooth erosion and grinding: The consumption of highly acidic foods, brushing your teeth aggressively, and grinding your teeth can all result in enamel erosion. Clenching or grinding your teeth can also lead to discomfort. The constant forces being put on your teeth while grinding can cause the nerve to become inflamed and sometimes even lead to cracking of the teeth.  As the protective enamel on the tooth wears down, or as the cracks get deeper, the tooth will become more sensitive. Our dentists at Maple Grove Family Dental can help by testing your teeth to determine what exactly is causing your pain and follow through with the best treatment option.
  • Gum disease: Patients may not think the health of the gums effects the teeth, but they are strongly connected. If gum disease is present, the health of your teeth is compromised. As gum disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and infection. The gums may also become swollen and tender, causing pain and sensitivity. Treatment for gum disease will vary from an advanced cleaning called scaling and root planning to surgical intervention, depending on how advanced the situation is.

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If you are suffering from a toothache or sensitivity, do not ignore the pain. It is likely a sign of a more serious dental problem that requires attention. Schedule an appointment with Maple Grove Family Dental to determine the cause of the problem and alleviate the pain. You’ll be happy you did!

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