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Reasons You May Have A Toothache

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If you’ve ever had an experience with a toothache, you know how uncomfortable they can be at the best of times. Some toothaches are passing and only last a little while, such as when you have a popcorn kernel stuck in your gums. Others, such as those caused by trauma or advanced decay, can be persistent and agonizing. If you’ve ever wondered what can lead to your having a toothache and what to do about them, keep reading. We’re going to explore a little about your teeth and what can cause that worrying ache that has us reaching for the phone to call our dentist.

What Exactly Is A Toothache?

Let’s get started by talking a little about what a toothache is. Not to put too fine a point on it, a toothache is what happens when your teeth are being irritated by something that causes discomfort or even pain in or around the tooth. There are numerous causes for a toothache that can be managed with a little time and care at home. Others will have you scheduling an appointment to see your dentist as soon as humanly possible.

Why Are Toothaches So Painful?

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, they may appear to just be unmoving lumps of oddly shaped enamel. In spite of their solid appearance, that enamel exterior is just that, a hard shell over a much softer and complex interior. Your teeth consist of three layers, the outer enamel, which covers a layer of porous dentin, and a sensitive pulp interior that has a gelatinous texture. This inner pulp is where you’ll find the blood vessels and nerves that provide sensation to your tooth. When this tender inner pulp becomes infected, a significant amount of pain can result.

What Are Common Causes Of Toothaches?

There is a broad range of conditions that can lead to a toothache. While decay caused by poor dental hygiene leads the pack, there is a myriad of others. The below causes represent just a few of the factors that can lead to a toothache.

  • Abscesses – When an infection forms in the tooth or at the base of the root, an abscess can form. Abscesses are often quite painful.
  • Fractured Teeth – Commonly caused by some form of trauma or as the result of grinding or clenching teeth, fractures can expose the inner pulp causing significant pain.
  • Broken Fillings – Fillings can wear out over time, and when they do, they cause the inner pulp of the tooth to become exposed. This can lead to pain and heightened sensitivity.

These are just three of the common factors that can lead to toothache. Erupting teeth, gum disease, and oral cancer are other reasons that you may be experiencing pain in or around your teeth.

If you’re experiencing dental pain and are looking for relief, give Dr. Scott Simpson a call in Tigard, OR. The team at AppleTree Dentistry proudly serves the surrounding community with exceptional dental care delivered with compassion and a smile! Call to schedule your next appointment today!

Dr. Scott T. Simpson At AppleTree Dentistry, Dr. Scott T Simpson set out to create a caring environment focused on dentistry for families. Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2005, going on to practice as a dentist in the USAF for three years before being honorably discharged.
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