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Top Toothache Causes

A toothache can be utterly miserable and often will require expert dental treatment. We’ve outlined some of the most common reasons for toothache in Newcastle below.

1.    Tooth Decay
You might have guessed this is the most common reason for toothache and occurs if the inner part of the tooth, called the dentin becomes damaged and more sensitive, especially to changes in temperature. Initially, the pain might be an ache, but it could become sharper and will worsen if the decay reaches the dental pulp right in the centre of the tooth. By this stage, the tooth is badly infected and needs urgent treatment.

2.    Dental Abscess
When a tooth infection isn’t treated promptly, the tooth may become abscessed, where the tissues surrounding the tooth root also become inflamed and which can destroy gum and bone. Now, treatment is even more critical, and you should see an emergency dentist in Clarington.

3.    Tooth Fracture or Chip
If a tooth becomes fractured or chipped, it can become painful. The degree of discomfort depends on the damage to the tooth, as for example a fracture right down through the tooth root can affect the tooth nerve. More minor damage to a tooth might not initially cause any discomfort but still requires treatment to ensure the tooth is restored and protected. It is far more cost-effective to get a small chip or crack mended than to wait until the tooth decays and needs much more extensive restorative treatment.

4.    Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Teeth grinding and clenching is called bruxism, and you might not realize you have this condition because it usually occurs during sleep. When you clench and grind your teeth, it can chip and crack them, and in the worst case can wear them down to little more than stumps. Initially, you may notice your teeth feel more sensitive or painful. Other symptoms include jaw and facial pain, and it can even cause chronic headaches. Often, bruxism is easily treated with a custom-made mouthguard that you wear while asleep and which prevents your teeth from contacting so you can no longer clench and grind.

5.    Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
It might seem surprising, but if you brush your teeth too hard, you can end up damaging them and your gums. When you brush your teeth too vigorously, it can eventually wear away your tooth enamel, increasing sensitivity and potentially causing tooth pain. When you brush your teeth, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and you don’t need to use too much pressure. It’s more about using the correct techniques to clean your teeth thoroughly. Some electric toothbrushes have sensors telling you when you are pressing too hard.

6.    Lost or Damaged Dental Filling
Losing or damaging a dental filling will leave the tooth open to bacteria that can cause infection and decay. If you think you have lost a filling, see a dentist in Courtice to have the tooth evaluated.

The condition of all dental restorations is assessed regularly during your checkups as all restorations need replacing every so often. Also, your regular dental checkups are a great way to keep your teeth and gums in excellent shape because we can detect any small problems, hopefully well before they cause a nasty toothache.

If you experience any type of tooth pain or recognize some of these symptoms, come and see us here at West Bowmanville Family Dental. We’ll take good care of you and will diagnose and treat the cause of your discomfort, so please don’t suffer in silence!


Mar 8, 2019 by
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