Toothache is one of the most common dental problems. It is one of the top reasons why people visit a dentist. However, a big number of these people do not know why their teeth ache. As such, this article explores some top reasons for toothache. Continue reading to discover the leading causes of teeth pain.
Photo 1. There are many causes of tееth pain.
First, tooth decay is the most common cause of painful teeth. The cavities on the surface of the teeth are not usually painful. However, when the decay goes beyond the enamel and affects the dentin, the tooth becomes overly sensitive. In some other cases, the decay penetrates the tooth further until it reaches the pulp. This results in an intense, sharp pain. People are advised to consult a dentist as soon as they experience toothache so that the decaying process can be addressed before it reaches the pulp.
Photo 2. Tooth decay is very painful.
Secondly, toothache can be caused by the gum disease. Although most people think that this disease only affects the gums, the truth is that it can also affect the teeth. Gum infections leads to inflammation of the tissues around the teeth leading to swelling. However, pain due to gum disease is rather dull and not as intense or sharp as that caused by tooth decay.
Photo 3. Timely treatment of dental diseases will save you from complications and pain.
Thirdly, falls or accidents may also contribute to painful teeth. Accidents may lead to broken/fractured teeth. However, accidents can only cause severe teeth pain if the fracture path runs through the pulp. Nonetheless, the fracture can lead to accumulation of bacteria leading to tooth decay which can cause great pain. As such, people should not ignore the slightest pain in the mouth when involved in accidents as this can be a sign of damaged teeth/jawbone.
Photo 4. Protect your teeth from injuries and damage.
Again, tooth grinding can wear down one’s teeth and at the same time exert excess force on the jawbone. This not only results in painful teeth but can also cause pain in the entire jaw area. Tooth grinding is technically referred to as bruxism, and people with this problem should visit a doctor as soon as possible as it can be very disastrous.
Photo 5. Some time after grinding of teeth are possible discomfort.
Further, many people do not know how they should brush their teeth. Poor brushing habits can cause the gums to recede/detach. Gum recession exposes the base of the teeth which causes extreme sensitivity to cold and hot things. If the victims take acidic drinks, further erosion occurs and exacerbates the sensitivity. People who do not know how to brush, especially kids, should be taught how to do it to avoid injuring the gums. Children should also use soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid detaching the gums.
Photo 6. Any dentist can teach you how to brush your teeth properly.
Moreover, impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause teeth pain. This occurs when wisdom teeth fail to erupt completely. In particular, there may be no enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt. As a result, the tooth exerts pressure on the surrounding teeth causing some dull pain. In the same vein, partially erupted wisdom teeth may not be easy to clean. As a result, bacteria accumulate around them and can lead to gum disease or tooth decay if medical attention is not sought in time.
Photo 7. The growth of a wisdom tooth may bring pain and discomfort.
You also have seen people whose teeth are not properly aligned. When the teeth are not well aligned, there is uneven distribution of force across the teeth which can lead to the inflammation of the dental nerves. However, this misalignment does not cause severe toothache in most people. Toothache due to impacted or misaligned teeth is not as common as the other top causes of teeth pain.
Photo 8. Modern medicine successfully treats defects dentition of varying difficulty.
Finally, toothache may be caused by health issues that are not directly related to a tooth or the jaw. There are some other problems in the body that can cause pain in the teeth. For instance, people who have sinus infections may experience toothache due to their proximity to the nasal passage. In some rare cases, sudden pain in the jaw/teeth may be as a result of a heart attack. Trigeminal neuralgia is also characterized by a spasmodic shooting pain on the forehead which may sometimes extend to the dental/jaw area.
These are not the only causes of toothache. They are just some of the top reasons why one may have painful teeth. Visit a dentist immediately once you experience toothache that lasts more than a few minutes.
Photo 9. An experienced dentist will accurately determine the cause of the toothache.