Given their role in everything from processing your food to enunciating your words, your teeth go through a lot every day. Though they’re the covered in the most resilient substance your body produces (enamel), your teeth are not indestructible. If you haven’t already, then you may have to deal with a toothache at some point in your life. As a symptom of a wide variety of dental health issues, a toothache can indicate many different things. Therefore, your dentist will have to find out what’s really behind your toothache before recommending an appropriate treatment to alleviate it.
Did You Know Sensitivity and Discomfort Are Commonly Warnings of Trouble?
Tooth sensitivity, and especially discomfort are often early warning signs of dental problems, like cavities. Fortunately, if you seek treatment quickly, your dentist can likely help to eliminate the discomfort, and also to protect your smile, with minimally invasive treatment. That said, the longer you wait to see the dentist, the more likely it is that extensive measures will become necessary.
A cavity is forming.
Oral bacteria are an everyday fact of life, as are the threats that they can pose if bacteria are allowed to accumulate in force. For instance, certain types of oral bacteria release acids that weaken your enamel, allowing bacteria to infect the main body of your tooth. Known as a cavity, the hole that tooth decay leaves behind can cause increasing tooth sensitivity, eventually graduating to intense pain if left untreated.
Your tooth is damaged.
Even a healthy tooth can hurt if its structure is worn down or damaged. A crack or fracture can expose the nerves and blood vessels housed within the tooth’s pulp, or center chamber. In some cases, you might not realize that a crack has developed or that your tooth has worn down until you visit your dentist to diagnose the resulting pain.
Your teeth roots are exposed.
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, also forms from excessive bacteria. However, rather than attacking your tooth directly, the disease causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, exposing their roots to food particles and oral bacteria. Your teeth roots are not covered by enamel, and because your root canals contain the tooth’s nerves, exposure can make your teeth increasingly more sensitive.
Find Out What’s Behind Your Toothache
If your tooth hurts, then the first step to alleviating it should be to visit your dentist and find out what’s behind it. To learn more, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.