A toothache seems like a relatively minor problem, until you develop one anyway. Once you are forced to face the lingering pain of a toothache, it can become distracting and frustrating. But what are you to do? Seek dental care? Actually, some toothaches may require treatment as pain is the body’s method of calling attention to an injury. Here to discuss the causes of toothaches and which of them require dental assistance is Dr. Deborha Staten.
Three Causes of Toothaches
- An irritant caught between teeth. Many toothaches are caused by the presence of an irritant, such as a food particle, caught between teeth. These toothaches do not present a serious threat to oral health. However, they can be very uncomfortable. They can typically be relieved by rinsing the mouth with warm water and flossing the affected area. Taking these two steps is a good idea with any toothache because if they fail to relieve the toothache, there might be a more serious cause.
- Bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, imparts powerful forces on the teeth and jaw. Over time, enamel can wear away, and teeth can weaken. As enamel wears away, teeth are more prone to stimuli and damage. Bruxism may cause teeth to chip, crack, or even break if it is not treated. One symptom that often indicates bruxism is a sore jaw.
- A cracked tooth. If a tooth becomes cracked, irritants can access its nerve-filled pulp, resulting in pain. A cracked tooth requires dental treatment because without intervention, the tooth can suffer further structural damage and can succumb to an infection more easily. Cracked teeth often result in sharp pain during chewing or biting. This pain is the result of the crack widening and then closing as pressure is applied to the tooth and then relieved. If you notice these symptoms and the toothache lingers, call Dr. Staten.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
If you have a lingering toothache, don’t neglect dental care. A toothache may indicate a problem with your oral health that requires professional intervention. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten, today by calling 702-736-7979.