Top 9 Reasons for Toothache Apart from Cavities

February 25, 2021, 7:14 am

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One of the most common reasons why Emiratis seek a dentist in Dubai is because of a toothache. They can vary from mildly annoying to downright excruciatingly painful and they can be constant or intermittent.

The most common reason behind a toothache is because of tooth decay aggravated by a cavity. However, contrary to what many people believe having a cavity isn’t the only thing that causes a toothache. There are numerous other reasons that can lead to a toothache. 

When you have a toothache, you are going to experience these:

  •  Swelling or throbbing pain in or around your tooth or gums
  •  A sharp pain when you bite down or touch your tooth
  •  Painful sensitivity in your tooth when you eat cold or hot food/drinks.
  •  Fever
  •  An uncommon burning or a sudden shock-like pain
  •  Achiness or tenderness in or around a tooth

Today, we are going to learn about all the potential causes of a toothache beyond the cavity. Take a look at them:

An Abscess

The food particles that get stuck between the teeth and you continue chewing can lead to severe issues. The jammed food particles are pushed further down into the gums. Over time, it becomes a cause of inflammation and pain.

In the worst-case scenario, it can become an abscess (a pocket of space) along the gum line with food items and debris causing infections. Sometimes, there is swelling or even pus at the site of an abscess. It needs to be treated immediately. The best way to get rid of food particles between teeth is to floss daily.

A Fractured or Broken Tooth

Sometimes there is a break or crack in a tooth that can cause toothache. It is just part of the tooth, not the whole tooth. The break occurs usually if you bite on something hard or had a fall/physical trauma.

Depending on the severity of the tooth break, you might need a dental cap, crown, or an implant. In terms of durability and efficiency, dental implants tend to be a better option as it helps in replacing and covering a severely damaged tooth.

Among all these options, getting a dental implant is considered the most suitable one. It is an artificial tooth, made of a metal post with an artificial tooth on the top, that is implanted into the jaw and mouth. It replaces the damaged/missing tooth. The metal post is inserted in the gum line for an upright structure and natural chewing and biting action. With the help of dental implant, you get to have an artificial tooth that looks and acts just like a real one.

Gum Disease – Gingivitis

The initial stage of gum disease can start without obvious warning signs. However, once they begin to appear, they start with a sore sensation in the gums in a specific location. This feels very much like a cavity. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that leads to pockets of infected spaces that resemble abscess. For uncomfortable gum swelling, taking an anti-inflammatory pain medicine can help. Usually, that helps you relieve headaches.

With the help of early intervention, your dentist at Same Day Dental Implants could halt gingivitis from advancing and determine whether you need to do an antibiotic course or require additional treatment.

Damaged Filling

If you experience short and sharp tooth pain or consistent dull pain in your existing filling, it means that your filling might be damaged. A hard hit to the mouth, biting on something hard, or night time grinding cause tooth trauma that disrupts fillings. Also, additional decay occurring in the surrounding area could lead to pain.

Receding Gum

People with sensitive teeth get gum recession that causes the enamel at the gum line to wear away. This way, the tooth is devoid of any coat that exposes it to all the elements. The gum tissues’ grip on the tooth becomes loose that exposes the darker and sensitive areas of the tooth roots. This tooth part is full of nerves and that’s why sensitivity occurs. It is different from toothache but can cause an ache or jolt from drinking anything cold/hot or due to a toothbrush.

Teeth Grinding

Also called bruxing, teeth grinding is usually done during sleep. It makes the teeth tilt out of their proper positions. As the teeth pull against one side of gum tissues, the tissues eventually end up loosening their grip around teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

If your wisdom teeth are yet to come, tooth pain that comes and goes indicates that they don’t have enough room to surface. It might be that damage has been done to the neighboring tooth already. That can be seen through digital imaging only.

Sinuses

If you are experiencing a toothache while you have a cold or during hay fever, it might be your sinuses. The sinus floor is right on top of the roof of your teeth. People suffer from pain in the upper teeth and behind the eye if the sinuses are full. Also, when the pain is sinus-related, the pain won’t occur in one tooth only. Several teeth can be sensitive. You need to see a dentist so he can relieve you of sinus inflammation and clear infection.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ means temporomandibular joint, that connects the side of your jaw and head, allowing you to chew, talk, and yawn. TMJ disorder or dysfunction leads to jaw pain that resembles toothache. It is similar to clenching pain or grinding, but near the ear.

Treating Toothache

Rinsing your mouth with warm water several times a day for a mild toothache can help in relieving some of your pain. Also, brush gently around the tender area and floss without popping it between the teeth. In some cases, over-the-counter medications can help. Avoid sugar-laden drinks and foods as they increase the chances of plaque buildup. Excess consumption of sweet items dissolves the protective enamel of teeth that makes the tooth structure vulnerable to cavity formation. And lead to an emergency toothache.

You should know that there are limited oral issues that you can tackle yourself. Seeing the best dentist in Dubai at Same Day Dental Implants early could save you a lot of money and treatment time. Delayed treatment can lead to longer healing time as well.

Top 9 Reasons for Toothache Apart from Cavities

February 25, 2021, 7:14 am

One of the most common reasons why Emiratis seek a dentist in Dubai is because of a toothache. They can vary from mildly annoying to downright excruciatingly painful and they can be constant or intermittent.

The most common reason behind a toothache is because of tooth decay aggravated by a cavity. However, contrary to what many people believe having a cavity isn’t the only thing that causes a toothache. There are numerous other reasons that can lead to a toothache. 

When you have a toothache, you are going to experience these:

  •  Swelling or throbbing pain in or around your tooth or gums
  •  A sharp pain when you bite down or touch your tooth
  •  Painful sensitivity in your tooth when you eat cold or hot food/drinks.
  •  Fever
  •  An uncommon burning or a sudden shock-like pain
  •  Achiness or tenderness in or around a tooth

Today, we are going to learn about all the potential causes of a toothache beyond the cavity. Take a look at them:

An Abscess

The food particles that get stuck between the teeth and you continue chewing can lead to severe issues. The jammed food particles are pushed further down into the gums. Over time, it becomes a cause of inflammation and pain.

In the worst-case scenario, it can become an abscess (a pocket of space) along the gum line with food items and debris causing infections. Sometimes, there is swelling or even pus at the site of an abscess. It needs to be treated immediately. The best way to get rid of food particles between teeth is to floss daily.

A Fractured or Broken Tooth

Sometimes there is a break or crack in a tooth that can cause toothache. It is just part of the tooth, not the whole tooth. The break occurs usually if you bite on something hard or had a fall/physical trauma.

Depending on the severity of the tooth break, you might need a dental cap, crown, or an implant. In terms of durability and efficiency, dental implants tend to be a better option as it helps in replacing and covering a severely damaged tooth.

Among all these options, getting a dental implant is considered the most suitable one. It is an artificial tooth, made of a metal post with an artificial tooth on the top, that is implanted into the jaw and mouth. It replaces the damaged/missing tooth. The metal post is inserted in the gum line for an upright structure and natural chewing and biting action. With the help of dental implant, you get to have an artificial tooth that looks and acts just like a real one.

Gum Disease – Gingivitis

The initial stage of gum disease can start without obvious warning signs. However, once they begin to appear, they start with a sore sensation in the gums in a specific location. This feels very much like a cavity. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that leads to pockets of infected spaces that resemble abscess. For uncomfortable gum swelling, taking an anti-inflammatory pain medicine can help. Usually, that helps you relieve headaches.

With the help of early intervention, your dentist at Same Day Dental Implants could halt gingivitis from advancing and determine whether you need to do an antibiotic course or require additional treatment.

Damaged Filling

If you experience short and sharp tooth pain or consistent dull pain in your existing filling, it means that your filling might be damaged. A hard hit to the mouth, biting on something hard, or night time grinding cause tooth trauma that disrupts fillings. Also, additional decay occurring in the surrounding area could lead to pain.

Receding Gum

People with sensitive teeth get gum recession that causes the enamel at the gum line to wear away. This way, the tooth is devoid of any coat that exposes it to all the elements. The gum tissues’ grip on the tooth becomes loose that exposes the darker and sensitive areas of the tooth roots. This tooth part is full of nerves and that’s why sensitivity occurs. It is different from toothache but can cause an ache or jolt from drinking anything cold/hot or due to a toothbrush.

Teeth Grinding

Also called bruxing, teeth grinding is usually done during sleep. It makes the teeth tilt out of their proper positions. As the teeth pull against one side of gum tissues, the tissues eventually end up loosening their grip around teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

If your wisdom teeth are yet to come, tooth pain that comes and goes indicates that they don’t have enough room to surface. It might be that damage has been done to the neighboring tooth already. That can be seen through digital imaging only.

Sinuses

If you are experiencing a toothache while you have a cold or during hay fever, it might be your sinuses. The sinus floor is right on top of the roof of your teeth. People suffer from pain in the upper teeth and behind the eye if the sinuses are full. Also, when the pain is sinus-related, the pain won’t occur in one tooth only. Several teeth can be sensitive. You need to see a dentist so he can relieve you of sinus inflammation and clear infection.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ means temporomandibular joint, that connects the side of your jaw and head, allowing you to chew, talk, and yawn. TMJ disorder or dysfunction leads to jaw pain that resembles toothache. It is similar to clenching pain or grinding, but near the ear.

Treating Toothache

Rinsing your mouth with warm water several times a day for a mild toothache can help in relieving some of your pain. Also, brush gently around the tender area and floss without popping it between the teeth. In some cases, over-the-counter medications can help. Avoid sugar-laden drinks and foods as they increase the chances of plaque buildup. Excess consumption of sweet items dissolves the protective enamel of teeth that makes the tooth structure vulnerable to cavity formation. And lead to an emergency toothache.

You should know that there are limited oral issues that you can tackle yourself. Seeing the best dentist in Dubai at Same Day Dental Implants early could save you a lot of money and treatment time. Delayed treatment can lead to longer healing time as well.

About the author

Dr.Petros

D.M.D summa cum laude
Cert.Prosthodontics(TUFTS ,U.S.A)

Dr. Petros is co-director of the Branemark Osseointegration Center Dubai. He qualified as a dentist in 1995, receiving his dental degree summa cum laude from Semmelweis University in Budapest. He graduated at the top of his class and was also chosen as valedictorian. In 1998 he completed the three-year, full-time postgraduate specialist prosthodontist training at Tufts University in Boston, United States, where he was awarded the Postgraduate Prosthodontist Certificate. Since 1999 Dr.Petros has been working in private practice as a specialist prosthodontist, almost exclusively on the prosthodontic rehabilitation of dental implants. He lectures extensively on same day implants and teeth reconstruction protocols. Together with Dr. Costa(Cert. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery), Dr. Petros is the cofounder of SameDay Dental Implants Clinic located in Building 39 in Dubai Healthcare City in the United Arab Emirates.

About the author

Dr.Petros

D.M.D summa cum laude
Cert.Prosthodontics(TUFTS ,U.S.A)

Dr. Petros is co-director of the Branemark Osseointegration Center Dubai. He qualified as a dentist in 1995, receiving his dental degree summa cum laude from Semmelweis University in Budapest. He graduated at the top of his class and was also chosen as valedictorian. In 1998 he completed the three-year, full-time postgraduate specialist prosthodontist training at Tufts University in Boston, United States, where he was awarded the Postgraduate Prosthodontist Certificate. Since 1999 Dr.Petros has been working in private practice as a specialist prosthodontist, almost exclusively on the prosthodontic rehabilitation of dental implants. He lectures extensively on same day implants and teeth reconstruction protocols. Together with Dr. Costa(Cert. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery), Dr. Petros is the cofounder of SameDay Dental Implants Clinic located in Building 39 in Dubai Healthcare City in the United Arab Emirates.

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