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Causes of a Toothache

October 12, 2021
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Posted By: Prairie Dental Care

Whether it's a sharp twinge or a dull ache, tooth pain can be difficult to ignore. Toothaches can be uncomfortable and make a person's daily activities seem impossible. An untreated toothache can lead to severe pain, infection, or other oral health concerns. 

Common Causes of Tooth Pain 

A toothache often occurs when the tooth's nerve, or pulp, is irritated. 

Many things can cause a toothache:

  • Dental infection
  • Decay
  • Injury (e.g., cracks, breaks, chips, or fractures)
  • Loss of a tooth 
  • Recent oral surgery (e.g., extraction) 

If you are in pain, our dentist would like to see you as soon as possible. We consider unrelenting dental pain an urgent matter, and it can often signal that there are other health concerns present. 

Pain can originate from other areas of the head or face and radiate to the jaw, which may seem like tooth pain. The most common areas are the jaw joint, ear pain, sinuses, or cardiac issues. 

Toothache Symptoms 

Signs you may need to seek professional dental care are:

  • Painful chewing 
  • Headaches
  • Heat or cold sensitivity 
  • Sensitivity to sweet or sour foods 
  • Bleeding or discharge around the tooth 
  • Bumps or abscesses around the tooth 
  • Swelling of the gums or jaw 
  • Trauma to the tooth or mouth
  • Bad breath 
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Foul taste in the mouth 

It's better to be safe than sorry, so we recommend contacting us if you feel something may be amiss with your oral health. 

Let Us Relieve Your Tooth Pain in Montgomery, IL 

If you have a toothache, don't let your smile suffer any longer. Please get in touch with our dental office today, so we can help relieve your tooth pain and get your oral health back on track. 

Our team at Prairie Dental Care are experts in handling urgent dental concerns, and we can help restore your smile and alleviate your discomfort. When you come in for your visit, your dentist will gently examine your mouth, face, and neck to determine the origin of the pain.

Dr. Christine Wang and Dr. Xiaoyu Ma will then develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your needs. 

Prairie Dental Care proudly serves North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Oswego, and Montgomery, IL.  Our team speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English at our Montgomery, IL dental office to accommodate patients from various backgrounds. 

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