One of the key indications of tooth decay and cavities is when we experience a toothache in an infected tooth. What you may not realize is cavities are not the only reason you could experience a toothache. However, it is vital to obtain a proper diagnosis from an experienced Brampton dentist, like here at Kennedy Square Dental to determine whether your toothache is from a cavity or another cause, such as:
1. Gum Disease – When the gums are red, swollen and irritated they can cause pain in the teeth.
2. Abscessed Tooth – Advanced tooth decay results in more than just a cavity and can lead to infections within the root, called an abscessed tooth, which can be very uncomfortable and painful.
3. Sensitive Teeth – Some people have sensitive teeth and changes to hot and cold temperatures can cause temporary, minor pain.
4. Tooth Micro-Factures – Small micro-factures can occur on the tooth’s enamel layer and can cause pain for some people.
5. Dental Crowns – If dental crowns are misaligned or damaged, they can cause a toothache.
6. Wisdom Teeth – Our wisdom teeth can be the cause of pain in the molar regions for various reasons, including when they are impacted and not developing correctly.
7. Fillings – If a filling falls out, breaks, or is no longer securely attached to the tooth, cavity-causing bacteria gets inside the tooth and can cause pain, even during the early stages of tooth decay.
8. Sinus Infections – It is not uncommon to experience minor to moderate toothaches in the upper jaw region because the inflammation in the sinus passages places added pressure on the jaw and teeth.
9. Brushing and Flossing – If you brush and floss too hard or are using the wrong type of floss or toothbrush, you may inadvertently irritate the gums and create minor pain in the teeth.
10. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – Excess pressure is required to grind the teeth and could result in damage, pain, and discomfort.
Fortunately, there are viable solutions to these types of tooth pain and discomfort available from your dentist. For instance, they can recommend the proper toothbrush and floss or order an appliance you can wear to protect against teeth grinding.
Whether the pain is minor or severe, it is always recommended to see your dentist right away to determine the cause and not wait for your next regular checkup. Putting off a visit to your dentist could result in the problem becoming worse and requiring more extensive treatments to correct.