Tooth Pain: Not Necessarily a Cavity

When you have a toothache, nine times out of ten it means you’ve got a cavity. But never assume anything when it comes to your dental health. There are other possibe causes, and relieving tooth pain is one of our specialties at Cascade Endodontics in Orem.

There are some things we’ll want to know, as we begin to assess your tooth pain. Is there any sensitivity to hot and cold? Has your tooth pain interfered with your sleep? Does it hurt to bite into or chew your food? How you answer these questions will help us figure out just what is going on in your mouth.

Unless we find something really obvious, we’ll probably take an x-ray of your jaw. That will help check for any abscesses, cavities, or other problems not immediately apparent. We may also use a “biting stick” to help us isolate the exact spot that is giving you pain.

Cavities are easily the most common cause of tooth pain. But other common causes are inflammation, a cracked tooth, or gum disease. Still other possible causes include:

  • Gum recession. This can result from brushing your teeth too hard. All that aggressive brushing wears away at the tooth structure, and the gums that ordinarily cover the root of the tooth. We recommend a gentle touch and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Tooth trauma. Even if you haven’t been hurt lately, it could be the cause. The results of tooth trauma can materialize years later.
  • Sinus infection. The roots of certain teeth are situated right by your sinuses. A sinus infection can cause pressure that mimics a toothache. This is especially common in some people during allergy and flu season. A simple decongestant may be enough to fix it.
  • Bruxism. Many people grind their teeth unconsciously, especially when sleeping. Teeeth grinding can actually loosen, or even fracture, a tooth.

At Cascade Endodontics, we don’t want you taking any chances with your teeth. If you’ve got mysterious tooth pain, give us a call. We also treat traumatic injuries to the teeth. Don’t suffer in silence; schedule an appointment with us today.

Jon Jenson DDS
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097