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Does a Toothache Mean You Have a Cavity?


Posted on 7/23/2019 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
Does a Toothache Mean You Have a Cavity?Cavities aren't the only thing that causes tooth pain. In fact, unless cavities are left untreated, you probably won't experience any tooth pain from them. So, if you're experiencing any tooth pain, it's probably from something else. There are many of these issues that could be at the root of your problem.

Bruxism


When you occasionally grind your teeth, you won't have any problems. It's when you do it frequently that it's known as “bruxism” and can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. Not only will your teeth be painful, but you'll also have a sore jaw and gums.

Cracked Teeth


A crack in your tooth will typically run from the top of your tooth to the bottom of your tooth. It may look like a small hairline fracture there. Typically, it's caused by chewing on something hard or experiencing some type of trauma to your mouth. Besides your tooth being painful, especially when you bite down on food, if left untreated you may develop an infection or inflammation that will cause your tooth to die.

An Abscessed Tooth


With an abscessed tooth, you'll continually feel a throbbing pain in your mouth – one that needs to be treated immediately. This is because there's an infection somewhere between your gums and the tooth or its root. When left untreated, this infection can spread throughout your body.

Sensitive Teeth


Sharp pains in your tooth when you eat or drink something that's either hot or cold indicates that your teeth are sensitive. One of the main reasons this happens is because your enamel is wearing away. This also leads to receding gum lines.

When you're experiencing tooth pain, make sure you reach out to our office immediately. We want to do our best to get you into our office as soon as possible to determine what the cause of your tooth pain is so we can help alleviate it for you.

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