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What a Toothache Can Mean

Ravena, NY Dentist | Toothaches

Even the most conscientious people who brush and floss regularly and visit their dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings can still get a toothache. There can be a number of reasons for tooth pain. Sometimes it is simply a cavity. But there are other reasons for a toothache.

Let’s take a look at what a toothache can mean and why you may need to visit your dentist in Ravena, NY.

Severe Toothaches

If you have a severe toothache, there could be some different reasons behind it. If the pain is sharp and stabbing, especially when you bite down on your food, it could be a cavity or even a cracked tooth. If you still have your wisdom teeth, they could be behind the pain. For throbbing pain, however, it could be an abscess or infection. If it is the latter, you should call you dentist as soon as possible.

Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitivity while you are eating or drinking hot or cold foods, you might have a cavity. Or it could mean that you are sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can happen if your gums are receding or if your tooth enamel is thinning. Call your Ravena, NY, dentist for an appointment if you are experiencing unusual tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Pain That May Not Be Unrelated to Your Teeth

If you have pain in your upper teeth on both sides of your face, you might actually have a sinus infection, or sinusitis, which doesn’t impact your teeth at all. Usually your tooth pain will be accompanied by congestion and tenderness around your sinuses. You’ll want to check with your family doctor if you think this could be the cause of your tooth pain.

If the pain is in your jaw rather than your teeth, this could be related to temporomandibular disorders caused by a direct injury or trauma to the jaw, by tooth grinding (bruxism), or by arthritis or cancer that are impacting the jaw.

For any kind of tooth pain, talk to your dentist in Ravena, NY, Dr. Henry Huang right away for treatment. Tooth pain is never normal!

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