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By All Smiles
June 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

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.


Physical pain is never pleasant or welcomed. Nevertheless, it’s necessary for your well-being—pain is your body telling you something isn’t right and needs your attention.

That fully applies to tooth pain. Not all tooth pain is the same—the intensity, location and duration could all be telling you one of a number of things that could be wrong. In a way, pain has its own “language” that can give us vital clues as to what’s truly causing it.

Here are 3 types of tooth pain and what they might be telling you about an underlying dental problem.

Sensitivity to hot or cold. If you’ve ever had a sharp, momentary pain after consuming something hot like coffee or cold like ice cream, this could indicate several causative possibilities. You might have a small area of tooth decay or a loose filling. You might also have an exposed root due to gum recession, which is much more sensitive to temperature or pressure changes. The latter is also a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

Acute or constant pain. If you’re feeling a severe and continuing pain from one particular area of your teeth (even if you can’t tell exactly which one), this could mean the pulp, the tooth’s innermost layer, has become infected with decay. The pain is emanating from nerves within the pulp coming under attack from the decay. To save the tooth, you may need a root canal treatment to remove the decayed tissue and seal the tooth from further infection. You should see your dentist as soon as possible, even if the pain suddenly stops—that only means the nerves have died, but the decay is still there and threatening your tooth.

 Severe gum pain. If there’s an extremely painful spot on your gums especially sensitive to touch, then you may have an abscess. This is a localized area of infection that develops in the gums either as the result of periodontal (gum) disease, or an infection spreading from the tooth pulp into the gum tissues. You’ll need to see a dentist immediately for both pain relief and appropriate treatment (including a possible root canal) to heal the abscessed tissue.

If you would like more information on tooth pain and how to treat it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!