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Understanding Your Toothache

Understanding Your Toothache

Published on October 14th, 2016

The throbbing pain of a toothache can be excruciating. In fact, there are circumstances where a toothache can prevent you from going to work or school. In contrast, there are situations where you can take pain medication and go about your day. Even if the pain of your toothache subsides, we urge you to visit us at Cary Dental Associates as soon as possible. The primary cause of toothaches for most adults and children is tooth decay. Bacteria that live inside your mouth thrive on sugars and starches in the food you eat. These bacteria form a sticky plaque that clings to the surface of your teeth. The first sign of tooth decay is tooth sensitivity or pain when you eat something sweet, very cold, or very hot. We want to help you understand your toothache in Cary IL.

Symptoms Of Toothaches

The primary symptom of a toothache, is pain in your tooth and mouth, but the type of pain can vary:

  • Tooth pain that occurs only when pressure is applied
  • Swelling or painful gums
  • Sharp, throbbing or constant pain
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Fever or a headache

Causes of Toothaches

Generally, tooth pain is a result of inflammation of the soft center part of the tooth. This pain can have several different causes such as the following:

  • Cavities (tooth decay)
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Infection at the root of the tooth
  • Damaged fillings
  • Infected gums
  • Repetitive motions (grinding or chewing)

What Triggers A Toothache?

There are some behaviors of foods that can initiate a toothache, or worsen it. They are known as “triggers” and include the following:

  • Biting down on anything
  • Pressure on the tooth
  • Sweet food
  • Cold drinks or food

Relief for Toothaches Cary IL

Your toothache should not be ignored. It is important that you visit a toothache Cary IL dentist and receive a complete oral examination. Here at Cary Dental Associates, we will search for signs of swelling, tooth damage, and redness. Call us today to request an appointment (847) 516-1100.

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