Toothache Common Causes

Most of us undoubtedly will experience some kind of toothache or discomfort at some point in our lives, and the causes can be something very minor to very serious issues. Let’s discuss types of toothaches, common causes and what action you should take.

Toothache Common Causes

Types of Toothaches

  • Intermittent sharp jabbing pain
  • Dull nagging sensation (most common)
  • Extreme throbbing pain
  • Only when eating
  • Pain at the back of the jaw

Toothache Common Causes & Types of Pain

  • Tooth decay - pain when eating, sharp jabbing pain, and/or dull nagging pain
  • Abscessed tooth - extreme throbbing pain
  • Tooth fracture - pain when eating, sharp jabbing pain, and/or dull nagging pain
  • Damaged existing filling or crown - pain when eating, sharp jabbing pain, and/or dull nagging pain
  • Infected gums - pain when eating, sharp jabbing pain, and/or dull nagging pain
  • Grinding teeth (Bruxism) - pain when eating, sharp jabbing pain, and/or dull nagging pain
  • Impacted tooth/teeth - pain at the back of the jaw

Other Toothache Common Causes

  • Sensitive teeth - try switching toothpaste and avoid very cold or very hot food and beverages
  • Sinus infection or pressure - this is non-dental related, but the upper sinuses can cause teeth to feel achy if they
  • are inflamed
  • Repetitive movement - Chewing gum, for example, may lead to an achy feeling in the teeth - try chewing gently or chew gum less frequently
  • Brushing too forcefully
  • Improper flossing

Seek Treatment

If symptoms persist and you are experiencing a throbbing painful toothache, seek immediate dental care. You can, however, help ease the symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain medication and/or applying a medication like Orajel directly to the gum line. If you suspect your symptoms may be related to sinus pressure, you can also try a sinus decongestant. Remember if the symptoms are not severe, but continue to be sure to schedule a visit to your dentist for a diagnosis.

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