What is Your Toothache Trying to Tell You?

woman in green with a toothacheToothaches are not usually trivial matters, and when one strikes your tooth, it can mean that immediate attention and treatment are necessary to preserve your oral health. Before you can treat a toothache, however, you must first know what’s causing it, then address the issue to prevent any further damage or threat to your tooth. Your Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, helps you take the first step to finding toothache relief by explaining some of the more common causes of tooth discomfort.

Common Causes for Toothaches

Cavities

When tooth decay grips your tooth, the infection eats away at your tooth’s structure, causing small holes (cavities) to form in your tooth. When your tooth is compromised, the vulnerable nerves and blood vessels at its center become subject to bacterial infection and other irritations, causing varying degrees of discomfort (depending on the severity of your cavity).

Receding gums

Healthy gums surround and protect the roots of your teeth, which do not enjoy the same natural protection as your teeth’s crowns (i.e., tooth enamel). A number of factors, such as gum disease caused by plaque left under the contact areas between teeth, can cause your gums to recede from your teeth, exposing your teeth’s sensitive roots and causing your teeth to hurt.

Miscellaneous causes

Though tooth decay and gum disease are among the most common causes of toothaches, they are not the only reasons for your teeth to hurt. For instance, a sinus infection can cause the sinuses in your cheeks to become inflamed, placing pressure on the roots of your upper teeth that can lead to tooth sensitivity. If your toothache originates from a non-dental source, then Dr. LaFrom will consult with you to determine the next step in finding relief.

Treat Your Toothache with Help from Your Cupertino Dentist

To learn more, or to find relief from your toothache, schedule a visit with your Cupertino dentist immediately by calling LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on August 27, 2013.

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