What Causes a Toothache?
It’s the aching, throbbing pain that has been bothering you, sometimes keeping you up at night, and it’s called a toothache. Toothaches are no fun for anyone. They ache. They throb. Sometimes, they are even sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. But how do they happen and what can be done about them?
A toothache can occur for a number of reasons and not all of them require immediate treatment with your dentist. The key is in knowing when the problem reaches beyond home remedies and when it doesn’t.
If your tooth has been fine up until now and the ache and throb have come on suddenly, first do a visual exam yourself, and follow that up by brushing and flossing your teeth. It isn’t uncommon for a small piece of food to get caught, or wedged between your teeth and gums leading to pain and irritation. If you discover the culprit, try to remove it.
However, if it is wedged in too tightly or too deep and you are unable to ease it out, give our office a call. Our trained team of professionals can remove the debris for you. Don’t allow the debris to remain stuck between your teeth and gums thinking it will work itself out. Doing so will only leave you to suffer needlessly, and it could lead to further problems, such as leaving an open invitation for a potential bacterial invasion to occur, which, in and of itself can cause further harm to your teeth as well as your gums.
Could a dental cavity be the problem? Dental decay is one of the most common causes of toothache concerns and that is because when a cavity begins, it often goes unnoticed until further damage has been done.
In some cases, people don’t think they have a problem because the cavity isn’t causing pain. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, if you wait too long to take care of an existing cavity, it could be too late to save the tooth by the time you seek treatment. If a tooth can be saved, the treatment needed may wind up being far more costly than it would have had it been treated sooner rather than later.
The problem with cavities is not so much the cavity itself, but rather, what is causing the cavity. Bacteria, or mouth bacteria to be specific, can do a lot of damage before you even realize what is happening.
When you brush and floss your teeth, you not only remove debris left behind from the foods you eat and drink each day, you also flush away the harmful bacteria that thrive within the plaque. If you do not maintain proper tooth brushing or flossing, that bacteria-filled plaque is permitted to sit on your teeth and gums. As a result, mouth bacteria eat away at your tooth enamel, creating a cavity in their wake. At the same time, the bacteria also can irritate your gums causing them to become red and inflamed. In both cases, you have trouble on your hands.
A cavity, if caught early enough, can be filled once the decay is removed. However, allow that same cavity to go for too long and the bacteria-causing decay burrows deeper into the tooth causing greater harm. If it reaches the nerve within, not only will you experience pain, you may also experience temperature sensitivity. If decay reaches and infects the nerve, you may need a root canal to save the tooth.
A Chipped, Broken, Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Accidents can happen to anyone and at any time. Likewise, a tooth can sustain damage in a number of ways, be it from the foods we eat, misusing our teeth for purposes they were not designed for, or sustaining an injury. In some cases, a damaged tooth may not lead to toothache pain. However, even if it doesn’t cause immediate or localized pain, it can create other issues. Thus, a damaged tooth should always be examined by your dentist to determine the best course of action.
Teeth that are damaged throughout, such as cracked, broken and particularly fractured teeth may cause the tooth to bleed. Pain and temperature sensitivity can also occur with a tooth that has been severely damaged. This kind of damage should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Sometimes, a toothache arrives at inconvenient times, such as after the dental office has closed for the day, or on the weekend. However, Dr. Morris is highly dedicated to your dental health and understands that dental emergencies can occur.
Get Toothache Treatment Now!
Whatever the reason for your toothache, give us a call at (914) 476-4040. Dr. Morrow has the experience and knowledge to assist you in determining the appropriate treatment to get rid of your toothache and take care of all your dental needs.