Here’s what an achy, throbbing tooth may be trying to tell you.
If you’ve ever dealt with a toothache then you are no stranger to just how painful and annoying it can be. Whether that aching showed up while you were at work or the pain woke you up from a deep sleep, you want to know what may be causing your pain and when to turn to our Worth, IL, dentists. We are here to help.
What causes tooth pain?
There are so many different reasons why tooth pain occurs; however, we’re going to narrow it down to the most common causes. These include,
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- Inflamed tooth pulp
- A broken or fractured tooth
- Teeth grinding (known as bruxism)
- Impacted tooth (a tooth that only partially erupts through the gums)
In some cases, you may notice pain or discomfort in the upper teeth that actually does not have a dental cause. This is known as referred pain and is typically the result of a sinus infection or nasal congestion.
When should I contact my dentist?
However, if you are noticing pain in or around a single tooth then chances are good that the problem is dental related. Did you know that a toothache is considered a dental emergency? This means that no matter how minor or severe the pain may be, you should still see our Worth, IL, dentist to find out what’s going on. This is because many of the causes above will only get worse if left untreated. By coming in right away at the first signs of pain we can prevent the need for more invasive treatments and can even save your tooth.
If you have a cracked, broken or chipped tooth, or if your toothache is accompanied by pus around the tooth or a fever, these are symptoms that warrant a visit to our office.
All Smiles is proud to provide trustworthy and dependable dental care to people living in Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL. If you dealing with a toothache you need a dentist in Worth, IL, who can provide you with immediate care. Get dental care for all of your emergency and non-emergency needs by calling us at (708) 448-0333.