Find out why a toothache needs to be treated as soon as possible.
Nothing seems to hurt worse than a pained tooth, right? No matter whether you are dealing with an aching, throbbing, or stabbing pain, our Wall, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Joseph Pollak, knows that you want to find out what’s going on. Here are some common toothache causes:
- Gum disease
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- A dental infection or abscessed tooth (will require root canal treatment)
- TMJ disorder (causes both jaw and tooth pain)
- Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding)
- Sensitive teeth
- A sinus infection (can cause referred pain in the upper, front teeth)
Tooth pain can range in type and severity. Your tooth pain may be,
- Intermittent (pain may come and go)
- Stabbing and sharp
- Worse when biting or chewing
Not sure what’s going on? See your dentist
A good rule of thumb is to always visit your dentist if you notice any pain, discomfort, or changes in your oral health. While mild pain may not worry you too much, the problem is that whatever is causing the pain will usually become worse if left untreated.
By performing a simple oral exam, we can determine whether the cause is a cavity, gum disease, or an abscessed tooth. Sometimes, x-rays are taken to confirm an infection within the tooth or a broken tooth. From there, we can determine the best course of action for treating your dental pain.
It’s important that you are maintaining good oral hygiene to protect your smile from the two most common causes of a toothache: cavities and gum disease. Of course, along with proper oral care, you should also be visiting your Wall, NJ, dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. If it’s been more than six months since you last saw the dentist, call Wall Family Dental at (732) 449-5512 to schedule your next appointment.