While most people automatically assume that they have a cavity when a toothache pops up, cavities are not always the culprit. Instead of a cavity, you could be facing one of many different issues. Some toothaches are actually the manifestation of pain that does not even come from within the tooth itself. Here Dr. Amy Farmer discusses some of the more common causes of toothaches and how to relieve the pain.
Most Common Causes of Toothaches
The most common culprit of a toothache is a cavity, but this is by no means the only reason your tooth may be sore. For example, you may be experiencing increased tooth sensitivity that is unrelated to a cavity. Or, if you recently injured your mouth or your tooth, your toothache could be due to a chipped or cracked tooth that has left the nerve of the tooth exposed. You could have also lost a filling or broken a crown. A tooth that has an abscess beneath it will also be sore, and needs to be checked by a dentist. Sinus infections are another cause of toothaches, so if you have recently had such an infection, it may be the culprit. No matter what the cause of your toothache, it is important that you call your dentist and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
How You Can Relieve Your Toothache Before Your Dental Appointment
Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can take the edge off of a toothache, but you should speak with the dentist first. You can also try applying an ice pack to your cheek, in the area from which your toothache originates. This can make the discomfort easier to handle, reduce the swelling and allow you to function more normally until you are able to get to the dentist.
Dr. Amy Farmer Can Help Diagnose and Ease Your Toothache
If you are experiencing a toothache, you need to get it looked at. The type of problem you are facing could quickly become worse if not tended to. Give us a call at Crossroads Dental and let us help ensure that your toothache gets taken care of so you can go on with life, smiling!