Do you have a toothache that just won't stop? Your family dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, can help you determine the cause of your pain.
9 reasons your tooth might hurt
One of these problems may be the reason that you have a toothache:
- Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth pain. If you experience pain in your tooth, you probably have a fairly large cavity. Be sure to visit the dentist soon or the decay may continue to spread throughout your tooth.
- Gum Disease: What you perceive as a tooth pain may actually be caused by your gums. When your gums are inflamed and tender due to gum disease, chewing can be a very painful experience.
- Receding Gums: Gums can recede due to gum disease or brushing your teeth too hard. Receding gums expose sensitive tooth roots. Every time, you consume a sugary, hot, or cold food or beverage, you may notice a surge of pain.
- An Abscess: An abscess in your tooth or gum may also cause pain. The bacterial infection requires an emergency trip to the Westminster dental office. Signs of an abscess may include severe pain, facial swelling, fever, swollen lymph node, pus on your gum, or a bump that looks like a pimple on your gum.
- Sinusitis: Did your tooth pain start after a bout of sinusitis? Inflammation in your sinuses can irritate the nerves in your upper teeth, causing pain. Although it feels as if the problem is in your teeth, the infection or inflammation is the cause.
- Cracks: Biting down on a cracked tooth can cause pain. Cracks aren't always obvious but they can be detected during a dental visit.
- Tooth Grinding: Do you wake up every morning with a stiff jaw, aching teeth, or a headache? If so, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Grinding may also cause excessive wear on your teeth or be the reason cracks form.
- Loose Filling: Your tooth may hurt if a filling is loose. In some cases, a new cavity may form around the filling.
- Tooth Trauma: A blow to the face during a soccer game, a fall or a car accident may injure your teeth and cause pain.
Are you concerned about a painful tooth? Call your family dentists in Westminster, MD, at Carroll County Dental Associates at (410) 848-5577 to schedule an appointment. Although the office is currently open for emergency appointments only, we hope to open fully soon.