What is Causing This Toothache?!

Most of us will experience a toothache at some point in our life, and often times it will resolve on its own.  But for those pesky toothaches that linger, you need to see a professional to understand if its something benign or something more serious that needs a sedation dentist to look at and treat.

There are many causes of pain occurring in a tooth, but there are some common causes you should be aware of.  According to Medicinenet.com, some causes include dental cavities, dental abscess, gum disease, tooth root sensitivity, cracked tooth syndrome, TMJ, impaction & eruption, and the most serious symptom could be a heart attack.

The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity which usually needs professional dental care.  The second most common cause is gum disease which can often be prevented by quality preventative oral health care.  Many people treat tooth pain with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but you should definitely seek a dental professional to find the reason for the pain and discuss ways of eliminating the pain for good.  You should avoid very cold or very hot drinks and food while awaiting your dentist appointment.  This can exacerbate the pain and make it last longer.  Understanding the root cause of your pain is crucial in getting the issue resolved.