It’s never fun to get a toothache, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly where the pain is coming from. Sometimes the cause is something that will clear up on its own, while other times you should see a dentist to receive proper dental care. Here are a few common reasons why your teeth hurt and what you should do about them.

Tooth Pain Causes

  • Sinus infection: This is a common cause for tooth pain, particularly in your rear molars which are close to your sinuses. During a sinus infection, the pressure in your sinuses can actually turn into pain in your back teeth. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medication to clear up the infection.

  • Gum disease: Also known as periodontal disease, a gum infection can cause tooth pain or even tooth loss if left untreated. Gum recession, a symptom of gum disease, can also cause tooth pain as the sensitive root of your tooth becomes exposed. See your dentist about getting your periodontal disease treated and the tooth pain should subside as well.

  • Tooth trauma: Damage to the tooth, such as a broken or cracked tooth, can cause pain and sensitivity. If your tooth has been damaged in any way, it’s a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Clenching and grinding teeth: People usually clench or grind their teeth in their sleep, then wake up with a toothache or jaw ache from the constant pressure. Your dentist will be able to tell if your grind your teeth at night by looking at the chewing surfaces. He or she might recommend night guard therapy to prevent you from grinding them when you’re asleep, which should stop the pain.

  • Tooth decay: If you’re noticing sensitivity in your teeth, particularly when you chew, tooth decay might be to blame. A good cleaning and preventative measures can keep decay from becoming a full-blown cavity, but you might need to get a filling if it’s severe.

When in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Give our office a call to book an appointment with one of our dentists today. Our staff will be happy to look into the causes of your tooth pain and have you back on your feet in no time!

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