Potential Causes of Toothaches

A toothache can come seemingly out of nowhere. You may wake up in the middle of the night to a throbbing sensation you can’t ignore. There are many potential causes for toothaches, all which require your attention. If you’re feeling pain, here are a few reasons you may want to give our office a call.

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Sensitive Teeth

If you notice a dull ache or pain when you drink cold beverages or hot soup, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. There are several reasons that teeth may be overly sensitive, including enamel erosion and Bruxism (grinding of your teeth). We suggest calling our office so that we can assess your problem and rule out more serious issues. We can also recommend a toothpaste that will help with sensitivity, and we can fit you for a night guard if you have Bruxism.

Root Canal Issues

The root canal is the chamber within each tooth that contains pulp and nerve endings. If the pulp becomes infected, it can cause extreme pain in the teeth. This is when root canal therapy is needed. If your dental pain is severe, it may be a sign of root canal problems. Call us. We can get you seen for this procedure right away. It will provide much relief.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is caused by bacterial drainage from either pulpitis or tooth decay. When it affects the root of the tooth, it causes severe pain. It is an infection and can worsen with time. Don’t delay calling us if you suspect you have a dental abscess.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can cause pain because of damage done to the tooth in the form of a fracture, crack, or split. All causes need to be addressed by the dentist. You may not even be able to see or feel the split or crack. Let us take a look to be sure.


Cavities are holes created in the enamel of teeth that affect the underlying layer of the tooth (the dentin). These holes are created by bacteria that eat through the teeth and cause pain. Cavities are easy to treat with dental fillings. Receiving a filling will ease pain almost immediately.

Sinus Infections

It might surprise you to learn that sinus infections can cause feelings of tooth pain at the top of the mouth. That’s because the sinus cavities and the bones of the top row of teeth are separated by only a thin layer of bone. If you have had a sinus infection or cold and then notice tooth pain, they may be related.

Call Us today

If you have any sort of toothache that is new or worsening, we want to know. Call today so we can get you set up for an appointment immediately. Don’t put it off, as the problem could worsen.

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