What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Find out why your tooth is suddenly causing you problems.

If you are dealing with a sudden throbbing pain in your tooth you may be wondering what’s going on. Many people will deal with a toothache at some point during their lifetime, and while proper oral care can certainly go a long way to preventing a toothache, it’s also important that you turn to our Marietta, GA, dentist Dr. Casey Hart as soon as possible if you notice oral pain. That’s because your tooth pain could be caused by,

A Cavity

This is the most common cause of a toothache. In fact, between 60-90 percent of school-age children and around 100 percent of adults worldwide have tooth decay that often leads to discomfort and pain. You may also notice a dark brown spot or visible hole in the tooth. If you experience a sudden toothache, no matter whether it’s mild or severe, you could have a cavity. The sooner you seek treatment the better.

Tooth Sensitivity

Some people are prone to sensitive teeth; however, sometimes tooth sensitivity can develop over time as a result of worn tooth enamel, which exposes the nerves of the tooth. If you consume anything hot or cold like a scoop of ice cream or a steaming cup of coffee and notice lingering pain in several of your teeth, then you could be dealing with sensitive teeth. Your Marietta, GA, family dentist can provide recommendations for toothpastes and other products designed for those with tooth sensitivity.

A Cracked Tooth

While sudden or lingering tooth sensitivity in several teeth may alert us to the fact that you have sensitive or worn teeth (perhaps from years of teeth grinding), if you are only noticing sensitivity in a single tooth then this could be a sign that you have a fractured or cracked tooth. You may also notice increased pain when chewing or biting down on the tooth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the biggest oral problems affecting adults today. The problem is that it often goes undetected until the later stages. It’s so important to visit a dentist every six months so that we can detect changes in your gums before periodontal disease gets worse. As the gums recede it’s common to experience tooth sensitivity and pain. If you notice tooth sensitivity and changes in the shape or color of your gums, then you might have gum disease.

Don’t let a toothache go ignored. In fact, this problem is considered a dental emergency so the sooner you visit our Marietta, GA, dentist for care the better. We know that dealing with a toothache or other urgent dental problems can be stressful, but we are here to help. Call us at (770) 926-8371 to schedule an immediate appointment.

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