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Thinking your toothache is from a cavity? Here are some other possible causes of toothaches


Unfortunately for most, a toothache will likely sneak up on you at some point in your life. As much as we can try to have a solid oral care routine, there is still the possibility. When thinking of a toothache, most people would automatically assume that it is due to a cavity. However, there are many other possible causes of a toothache.

Sensitive Teeth

When individuals eat something that is hot or cold, they may assume that they have a cavity if experiencing sharp pain. However, this may just be due to sensitive teeth. People may be experiencing sensitive teeth due to a diminishing gum line or because of your enamel getting thinner. Don’t forget, purchasing toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth and a soft-bristled toothbrush will help with the pain.

Abscessed tooth or Infection

It may be a cavity if you have a feeling of sharp pain when biting into foods. However, if that pain persists than the problem could be an abscessed tooth or an infection. This is more severe than having a cavity, and needs to be looked after right away.

Other causes

Sometimes a toothache isn’t caused by your teeth at all, but can be a symptom of a sinus infection. There are generally some signs accompanied if this is the case. Watch for tenderness around your sinuses or a stuffed nose. Another indicator is if only your upper teeth on either side of your face are in pain.

Temporomandibular disorders may also be the case if you are experiencing pain more in the jaw area of your face. This may be from your wisdom teeth or teeth-grinding.

Always make sure to check in with your dentist

The pain of the toothache may come and go, or you may not think it is a severe issue. However, it is always important to check in with your dentist to make sure there is no serious problem. Finding the cause of a toothache can sometimes be hard to determine, so it is important to leave it to the professionals.

Here at Weston Dental we are happy to help you with all of your dental needs. If you are experiencing a toothache, please contact us at (416) 247-1928 to ensure the health of your mouth.

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