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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
June 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Discover the main issues that could be causing your toothache and what you can do about it.

Suffering from a toothache but not sure if it’s time to see your Honolulu dentist Dr. Jason C. Ako? Find out the most common causes of Toothache dental pain and whether it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.

Tooth Decay

This is the most common cause of a toothache in both children and adults. Decay in its earliest form may not require treatment right away, but you will still need to see your Honolulu, HI dentist every six months for routine exams. It’s during these exams that we can properly monitor any dental decay to ensure it doesn’t develop into a full-blown cavity. If you are experiencing a toothache in a tooth with obvious decay, this is a dental emergency. Call us right away for an appointment!

Teeth Grinding

Those who grind or clench their teeth, a condition also known as bruxism, will start to wear down their tooth enamel. This can cause pain and sensitivity. Furthermore, the pressure on the jaw muscles and joints can also cause pain that may feel similar to an earache. If you are experiencing tooth, facial or jaw pain, bruxism could be to blame. Talk to your Honolulu, HI dentist about mouth guards which help protect teeth from additional wear and reduce pain.

Dental Trauma

Tooth pain can also be the result of direct impact or injury to a tooth. Sometimes the injury can affect the inner portion of the tooth known as the pulp. When the pulp become inflamed or infected it causes severe or persistent tooth pain. If you notice pain when you eat or speak, or you have an intense toothache, then a root canal treatment may be necessary. If the pulp is infected and you don’t seek treatment, you could lose your tooth altogether, so it’s important to see your Honolulu dentist right away.

A toothache could also be a sign of an abscess, gum disease, impacted or erupting tooth or sinus infection. The only way to find out the cause of your toothache is to see your Honolulu dentist right away for treatment. The sooner you come in for treatment the better, so call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.