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What Causes Toothaches?

What Causes Toothaches?
Posted on 04/15/2018
What Causes Toothaches?

What Causes Toothaches?

Toothaches can appear out of nowhere, sending a sudden, sharp pain through your mouth at the moment you were biting down on some food or doing nothing at all. The pain from the toothache is typically a result of the very sensitive nerves in your teeth becomes exposed or being damaged in some way. As that nerve becomes damaged or unprotected, the tooth will feel extremely sensitive, which is why you’re likely to notice a toothache when you’re eating something hot, cold, or very acidic. So since we know that the nerves in the pulp of our teeth are the target, what is the cause of the pain?

That’s where things get a bit complicated, since there are many things that could result in damage or exposure of your tooth root. At the dental office of Drs. Acker and Lehninger, we aim to provide you with the best dental care and guidance so you can have a healthy, radiant smiles for years to come. That’s why we’ve put together this detailed guide on the main causes of toothaches, so you can do everything you need to avoid one for yourself.

Tooth Decay & Infection

These are the most common cause of toothaches. What happens is that your tooth builds up a layer of food particles and bacteria on itself from the things you eat throughout the day. If you don’t clean that layer away with a brushing and flossing routine, it will quickly turn into plaque and tartar that will eat away at your tooth enamel, resulting in a cavity. If the decay spreads down past your enamel and into the inner layers of your tooth, it can hit the sensitives nerves in the pulp, leading to that sharp pain> If the decay is left untreated for while, the pulp can becomes infected and even more painful, requiring a root canal to alleviate the pain.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a type of infection that results in the buildup of bacteria and plaque, similar to tooth decay. However, instead of spreading down into your teeth in the form of a cavity, this infection instead spreads to your gum tissue and jawbone. Your jawbone is the foundation for your teeth, so if it starts to wear away, your teeth will start to be less secure in your mouth and potentially lead to tooth loss. Also, your jawbone is where those sensitive roots of your teeth are directly implanted into, so an infection in the jawbone can easily make its way to the root and nerves, resulting a very painful and unpleasant toothache.

Habit Of Grinding Teeth

Grinding teeth is a very common habit where the upper and lower jaw are moved horizontally across each other repeatedly. This habit commonly develops due to stress or anxiety, and often occurs in the patient’s sleep. The issue with teeth grinding, or bruxism, is that it puts a great deal of pressure on the teeth and jaw, and the repeated movement and friction between the teeth can lead to them wearing down or even fracturing. As the teeth wear down from grinding, they can expose the sensitive inner working of your teeth, and after that a toothache is soon to follow.

An Misaligned Or Abnormal Bite

This isn’t an infection or an unhealthy habit, but instead it’s an issue that most people are born with. A misaligned or abnormal bite is when the teeth and the jaw don’t line up perfectly as they should, which is often treated using dental and orthodontic treatment. However, if these bite issues are not corrected, they can put excess pressure on certain teeth or parts of the jaw, which can lead to the teeth wearing down unevenly or other more serious issues with the jaw. Once those start to become an issue, a toothache is the warning sign that you need to schedule an appointment with us right way.

Contact Your Local Venice, FL Dentists!

At the dental office of Drs. Acker & Lehninger, transforming smiles to be healthier and helping our patients maintain those smiles for a lifetime is what we do best. If you ever experience a toothache or want to take control of your oral health, just contact us to schedule your appointment or use our online appointment request form. Our talented team of doctors and dental staff have been serving the Venice community for years, providing superior preventative and cosmetic dental treatment that is personalized to ensure your smile is the best it can be. From dental implants and dentures to root canals and tooth extractions, our team can do it all, so choose the office of Drs. Acker & Lehninger for all your smile needs!

Arthur I. Acker, D.M.D., Nicole R. Lehninger, D.M.D., and Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D.

  • Arthur I. Acker, D.M.D., Nicole R. Lehninger, D.M.D., and Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D. - 200 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34192 Phone: 941-484-3885

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