Most Common Causes of Toothaches

February 15, 2023 - toothbar - 0 comments Woman placing her hand on her cheek in tooth pain after having a drink of ice cold water

Toothaches are a severe problem which is why it’s so important to know the most common causes of toothaches.

Toothache can cause pain, sensitivity, and even inflammation in the gums. Not treated effectively can lead to gum disease or a tooth fracture.

If you wait too long to seek treatment, you could develop tooth decay and periodontitis.

A quick trip to your Downtown Austin Denrist at Toothbar will ensure you can get dental care and relief from your toothache.

Here are the six top most common causes of toothaches:

Tooth Decay

Decay is caused by plaque, a thin, sticky layer of bacteria. Plaque adheres to teeth and forms tartar which is hard to remove with brushing alone. Dental fillings are preferred for teeth with more than just minor decay.

If your Austin preventive dentist suggests that a tooth needs to be filled, you must get it done to prevent further pain.

Infected Gums

Tooth pain may occur because of infected gums caused by plaque, which is the same issue as tooth decay. You can also have pain in your jaw, face, or neck, which may mean you have an infection.

Gingivitis can be easily prevented by flossing and brushing regularly.

Wisdom Teeth

Around 20 percent of adult teeth are removed yearly due to wisdom teeth and attachment problems. Some people experience tooth pain after their second set of wisdom teeth grows in, and if this is the case, contact us for a solution.

The third category to be aware of is when two or more teeth become loose or the tooth’s roots have been damaged.

A Damaged Filling

Worldwide, dental fillings are one of the most common reasons for toothaches. If a filling is loose, its tooth must be removed and replaced.

Tooth pain may also be caused by decay or a damaged filling. An Austin cosmetic dentist can repair the damage and provide a better filling to remove the pain.

Infected Crown

You may have tooth pain as your crown decays as well, or maybe your teeth are going through a transition from one kind to another.

If you have worn your teeth down to the point where they are weak, then you should visit an Austin preventive dentist to find out what you need to do to replace them quickly.

A Fractured Tooth

Spotting a fractured tooth is not as difficult as you might imagine. You can tell because your teeth will feel loose or if an exposed filling does not look right and you may feel some of the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to temperature changes or eating sweet foods.
  • Swelling around the tooth.
  • Toothache when biting or chewing.
  • Pain that comes and goes, particularly when chewing.

If you believe you have fractured teeth don’t hesitate in contacting your Austin Restorative Dentist right away.

Contact us

Tooth pain is severe, and is often not just a one-time thing. The pain may return, and that’s why it’s so important to visit an Austin Preventive Dentist near you regularly.

Toothbar has been helping people with dental issues for years.

We take pride in serving our community and providing outstanding dental care to all of our patients. If you are interested in being seen by our Austin dentist to schedule an appointment, contact us at 512-949-8202.

Dr. Kimberley Barclay

Co-founder and owner Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on cosmetic dentistry. She is also a member of the Seattle Study Club, one of the most advanced education groups for dental professionals.

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This content was fact-checked by Dr. Kimberley Barclay and Dr. Lauren Jacobsen following editorial guidelines. Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Lauren Jacobsen is an active member of the dental community and engages in further education and training through membership with a local chapter of the Seattle Study Club and Spear Education courses.

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