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Ask Dr. ProtzerWhat causes a toothache?

Toothaches can be baaad! Learn more about what might be causing your toothache, and how to find a solution.

Don’t Ignore that Toothache

Toothaches should not be ignored, as they are likely the symptom of a larger problem. If you’re experiencing a toothache, there may be a number of causes, such as:

  • Gum problems
  • Sinus problems
  • Cavities
  • Hairline fractures
  • Nerve problems (a.k.a. “pulp abscess”)
  • Clenching
  • Too much acid in your mouth

Remember, we can help you without hurting you!

What is a dental/pulp abscess?
A dental abscess is a localized collection of pus associated with a tooth. If the pus is unable to drain, the area may become further irritated or even infected. A dental abscess can become very swollen and very painful.

What are your symptoms?

Hot and cold pain?
Could be a cavity, a hairline fracture, or a filling that is too high. Hot pain is a worse sign than cold pain.

Does the hot and cold pain linger on?
Could be a dental abscess.

Does cold make the pain better?
Likely a dental abscess.

Pain on sweet and sour?
Could be a cavity, too much acid in your mouth (stomach problems, citrus fruit, pop), brushing too hard, or a lack of fluoride.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is required to remineralize teeth; it is NOT a toxic gas. City of Nanaimo water does not have fluoride.

Pain on biting?
Could be a hairline fracture, a filling that is too high, or a dental abscess.

Is there spontaneous pain?
Does it come in waves? Is it very bad? Likely an abscess.

Any swelling?
Likely an abscess of the gums or a tooth.

Fever or Lymph Node swelling?
Not good, you should seek help immediately. You also may need antibiotics.

Is there a pain in your upper molar area that gets worse when bending down or climbing stairs?
Could be a sinus problem.

Finding a Solution

If you are experiencing a toothache, we highly recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible. It is important to deal with the underlying issue before further complications arise.

Contact us to book your appointment or ask questions.

The information in this article is presented only as a general guide. A final diagnosis and solution can only be established by tests performed by your dentist.

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