Why Your Toothache Might Not Mean a Cavity

There are some pains that are difficult to ignore, and a toothache is right at the top of that list. We need and use our teeth so frequently that living with a toothache can feel torturous. While tooth decay resulting in a cavity is a very common reason for a toothache and should be looked into before ruling it out, it is not the only possible cause.

  • Sensitivity to certain foods –Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat something particularly hot or cold? You may be dealing with worn tooth enamel that has exposed the nerves in your teeth. This can make hot, cold, or acidic foods painful to eat. Dr. Sheumaker can help you learn how to best treat your sensitivity to avoid future pain.
  • Gum recession – As you age, your gums can begin to recede, exposing the root of your teeth. This can lead to gingivitis, tooth infections, and sensitive teeth. Sheumaker can help you work through this and find a solution that is right for you.
  • Sinus issues – Inflamed sinuses can cause pain in your jaw and teeth. If your toothache is associated with other sinus symptoms, this might be the reason.
  • Grinding or jaw clenching – Many people grind or clench when sleeping or stressed. If this is the case for you, Dr. Sheumaker can speak with you about possible remedies.
  • Cracked tooth or abscess – If you have a small crack in your teeth or other tooth injury such as an abscess, it can lead to pain that is difficult to identify on your own.

You don’t need to let your toothache continue without help. Dr. G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS has the experience needed to correctly identify the source of pain and provide you with a lasting solution.