Toothaches can take you out of the game. The pain that comes from a toothache can be all encompassing. Certain types of pain are easier to power through than others. To go about our day-to-day activities – eating and speaking being among the most important – we need to be pain free in our mouths. Many people assume they must have a cavity gone wild that is causing their discomfort, but a toothache can have many possible causes. Dr. Jeffrey Allen, your Pella, IA dentist, will name a few of the most common reasons for toothaches.
Potential Toothache Causes
Gum Disease – The earliest phase of gum disease is called gingivitis and usually has few or no symptoms. At most, you may notice puffy gums and some possible bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. However if you allow gum disease to progress into full blown periodontal disease or periodontitis (severe gum disease) you can end up with gum recession, periodontal pockets, abscesses, and infections in the roots of teeth. At this point you may very well present with a classic toothache feeling.
Tooth decay – More commonly known as tooth decay or cavities, when teeth begin to rot, roots become exposed causing further damage, tooth sensitivity, and toothaches.
Teeth grinding – Clinically termed as bruxism, this condition generally affects people in their sleep. The motion of teeth rubbing together for hours at a time can wear away tooth enamel, and certainly cause toothaches.
Sinus Infections – Many people are surprised to learn that a toothache might not actually have anything to do with your teeth. Sinuses and teeth share close real estate in your mouth, so if the aching is in your upper molars, pay attention to other symptoms. If congestion and headaches are a part of the package, you may want to see your general physician.
Dental Injuries – Those of us that participate in high-impact sports activities should strongly consider getting fitted with a customized athletic mouthguard to protect teeth. Accidents can happen regardless of activity level, however. If you sustain an injury to your mouth and your tooth or teeth hurt substantially, or the pain persists for hours without getting any better, you should call your dentist for a consultation.
Toothache Relief from Pella, IA Dentist
Dr. Jeffrey Allen, your dentist in Pella, IA, provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule dental implant consultation. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.