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One of the reasons patients come in to see us is because they’re suffering from a toothache — it’s one of the top dental complaints we get. Unfortunately, even if you practice good dental habits, you’re not immune to toothaches. If you are suffering from a toothache, here are 3 possible causes:

  • Tooth decay– Most people attribute their toothache to tooth decay, and it is a common cause. Tooth decay occurs when a cavity has eroded through the tooth enamel into the deeper layers of your tooth. When the decay has progressed into the pulp, which is the innermost layer, you may experience intense and sharp pain. If not attended to, this can cause the area to be infected as the pulp tissue further decays. It is important that you seek treatment immediately.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth- Another common cause of pain is when your wisdom teeth impacts your gum line and has no room to grow. The lack of room puts pressure on the surrounding teeth and causes a dull pain. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be difficult to clean due to the tissue around the area. This could lead to bacterial growth and infection in the area, which could also lead to pain.
  • Receding gums– A symptom of gum disease is receding gums and tooth sensitivity. If you are unaware of the condition, consuming food and drinks that are too hot, too cold, or acidic can cause a toothache. This is because the roots exposed by the receding gum line can cause extreme sensitivity.

If you are experiencing a toothache, visit us at Northside Family Dental to get a diagnosis and treatment. A toothache should be attended to as soon as possible in order to prevent any further infection and complications.