Toothaches are a common, frustrating dental problem — but why do they happen? When they do, sometimes it is unclear as to what has caused the pain. Although practicing dental hygiene is great, there are other factors that can cause aches. Here are a few to look out for.
In short, an abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of the tooth, which is where the pain is sourced. Symptoms include swollen glands, pain while chewing, and sensitive teeth. They can sometimes be caused by tooth decay, or linked to a chipped or broken tooth.
Tooth pain can occur if your gums are not healthy. This is often associated with gum disease, which is an inflammation of the gums. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common, but preventable cause of tooth pain. Gum disease can leave you with swollen, red and tender gums that can even cause bleeding during brushing. Because this affects the ‘anchoring’ of the teeth, it is commonly associated with excessive movement of the tooth as the tissue deteriorates. At this stage, tooth loss can occur.
Mild pain can sometimes be felt by those who grind their teeth. Teeth grinding is a habit that damages the enamel of the tooth. Most people often do not realize that they are experiencing this, because it typically happens at night. Additionally, it can be linked to crooked teeth, sleep apnea, or stress. A telltale symptom of teeth grinding is a dull headache or sore jaw in the morning. By using a mouth guard, you can prevent this from happening.
Fortunately, treating tooth pain is simple and easy at integratedDENTAL. We can help you find relief through effective and often non-invasive treatments. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us to see what personalized treatment options will address your needs. Give us a call today at 516.677.9010. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!