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Toothache causes

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Toothache causes
A toothache can be terrible and can even be scary when you don't know what is causing it. A toothache is described as any pain, soreness or ache that occurs in or around a tooth. The tooth may be sensitive to temperature, painful when chewing or biting, sensitive to sweets, or it may even have a sharp pain or dull ache.

Your dentist has several methods he will use to determine the cause of the pain. First, he will ask you several questions regarding the types of symptoms you are having. Is it sensitive to cold or heat? Does it hurt to eat? Has it woken you up in the middle of the night? These questions will help your dentist narrow down the possible causes for your discomfort.

Your dentist may also want to take an x-ray of the offending tooth to check for abscesses, cavities, or any other hidden problems.
Once your dentist has diagnosed the cause of your toothache, they will explain to you what is involved to fix the problem and possibly prescribe you medication to help alleviate the symptoms in the meantime. In cases of severe pain, it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. Of course, if left untreated, your symptoms will only worsen over time.

Common causes for toothache:

Tooth Decay

Decay is a condition that refers to the decay of the outer surface of the tooth. When plaque sticks to the tooth enamel, it feeds on the sugars and starches from food particles in your mouth. This produces an acid that eats away at the enamel, causing weak areas and holes. As the decay spreads it can create symptoms such as sensitivity to temperature and touch.

Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp

Also called pulpitis, this condition means that the tissue in the center of the tooth has become inflamed and irritated. This inflammation causes pressure to build inside the tooth and puts pressure on the surrounding tissue. Symptoms of an inflamed tooth pulp can be mild to extreme, depending on the severity of the inflammation.

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