A toothache is never fun. For some people it can be scary when you don't know what is causing it. A toothache is described as any pain, soreness, or ache in or around a tooth. The tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold, cause pain when chewing or biting, sensitive to certain foods, or it may even have a sharp pain. Many people who experience tooth pain or a toothache will not seek treatment until the pain becomes unbearable. At Braselton Smile Studio, we encourage you to contact us right away if you feel you're experiencing any of the signs and symptoms discussed below.
What may be causing your Toothache?
Our doctors have several methods they will use to determine the cause of the tooth pain.
- They will ask you several questions regarding the types of symptoms you are having. Is it sensitive to cold or heat? Does it hurt to eat? Has it woken you up in the middle of the night? Has it disrupted your daily routine? These questions will help the doctor decide the possible causes of your discomfort.
- Our doctor may also want to take an X-ray of the bothersome tooth to check for abscesses, cavities, or any other potential hidden problems. These tests can sometimes be helpful in diagnosing a toothache.
- Our dentist in Buford may also utilize a biting pressure test, using a “biting stick” or cotton tip applicator, which may be used to determine what area of the tooth is causing the pain.
- Additionally a cold air test may be used too. It uses a gentle stream of cold air blown directly on the different areas of the tooth to figure out the precise location the sensitivity is coming from.
Once Dr.Workman or one of her associates has diagnosed the cause of your toothache, she will explain to you what is involved in fixing the problem. It's also possible that they may prescribe medication to help with improving the symptoms.
The Most Common Causes of Toothaches
Among all the things that might cause a toothache or tooth pain, the most common is usually
- tooth decay
- an abscess
- a cracked or impacted tooth
- gum disease
- sensitive teeth
Sometimes the problem may not be related to your dental health at all. Let's look at each of these individually.
When plaque sticks to the tooth enamel, it feeds on the sugars and starches from food particles left in your mouth. Over time, this produces an acid solution that eats away at the enamel, which will usually cause holes to form. As the decay spreads inward toward the middle layer of the tooth (dentin), it may create sensitivity to temperature and touch.
Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp
Also called pulpitis, this condition means that the tissue in the center of the tooth (nerve/tooth pulp) has become inflamed and irritated. This inflammation can cause pressure to build inside the tooth.
Symptoms of an inflamed tooth pulp can vary from mild to extreme, depending on the severity of the inflammation. If not treated, pain will only worsen with time.
A dental abscess is caused by the buildup of bacteria inside the pulp chamber that becomes infected. This infection then tries to drain itself out of the very tip of the tooth root.
The pressure from the draining infection causes a pain that can become severe with swelling if left untreated. Most abscesses can be seen visually on a dental X-ray.
Your teeth can be broken down and weakened over time due to pressure from
The force from biting down on a hard object like ice or a popcorn kernel can sometimes cause a tooth to crack.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include
- pain when biting or chewing
- It may also be a sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- or to sweet and sour foods.
Our dentist’s treatment recommendation for this condition will depend on the location and direction of the crack as well as the extent of the damage.
In summary, if you think you're experiencing a toothache, tooth pain, or a cracked tooth - please contact us at Smile Studio Of Buford right away so we can get you feeling better.