Toothaches are common enough that most people will experience one at least once in their lifetime. Toothaches also have a wide variety of potential causes, and your toothache may be vastly different from everyone else’s. To find permanent relief for your aching tooth, your dentist will first have to find out why you have a toothache, then consult with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan to address it. In some cases, you may be able to find toothache relief without needing restorative treatment.
Common Reasons Behind Toothaches
Inadequate dental hygiene
The enamel that surrounds your teeth is their main line of defense against things like food particles and harmful oral bacteria. The highly mineralized layer also guards your teeth against sensation, and for many patients, tooth sensitivity is a warning sign that their enamel has grown weak or compromised.
Unseen tooth damage
You might not always realize when your tooth wears down or cracks, but your tooth will feel it nonetheless. For instance, if you grind your teeth constantly or have a habit of chewing ice, then a tooth might become cracked over time. When it does, the damage can cause increasing tooth pain, especially when you bite and chew, and may also cause discomfort by scraping against soft, sensitive oral tissues.
Early gum disease
Early gum disease, or gingivitis, describes an infection in your gum tissues that causes them to recede from your teeth. As they do so, your teeth roots can become exposed, making your teeth sensitive around their roots and gum line. As gum disease progresses, sensitivity can grow worse as the gum tissues suffer more damage.
Treat Your Toothache by Diagnosing It First
Because toothaches can have a wide variety of potential causes, finding out why your tooth hurts should be the first step to treating it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.