Most people experience a toothache at least once in their lifetime, and for many of them, it doesn’t go away until they seek treatment. If your toothache is a sign of a serious issue, like a growing cavity or unnoticed damage to your tooth structure, then the condition and toothache will grow worse as time passes. The good news is that toothaches of all types can be effectively treated by visiting your dentist, receiving an accurate diagnosis, and discussing the cause and possible solutions for your discomfort.
There are many different potential causes for a toothache, the most common of which is weakened tooth enamel. As food particles and oral bacteria attack tooth enamel, the layer grows weak, exposing the tooth’s main structure to irritation. Weak enamel is also a precursor to cavity development; as oral bacteria infect the tooth’s structure with decay, the pain in your tooth becomes more intense. Other causes can include exposed tooth roots due to receding gums, pressure from bruxism, or a previously placed filling or crown that fails, to name just a few.
Every toothache is different, and treating yours depends on its exact nature, cause, and severity. Weak tooth enamel can often be strengthened with improve hygiene and a more strict schedule of checkups and cleanings. A cavity can often be treated and relieved with a tooth filling. To find out the best way to relieve your toothache, schedule a dental visit as soon as possible.