Having a toothache could be a result of many causes. A toothache is characterized by a sharp pain that could leave part of your gums sore. In some cases, your teeth could also become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. While some toothaches are caused by minor factors and could gradually disappear, there are some that need urgent medical care. Such toothaches are caused by an underlying condition and are more painful. Knowing some of the conditions that could mean your toothache is more than just a simple cavity is important.


In most cases, a toothache is caused by inflammation in your tooth’s pulp. The pulp contains a wide range of nerve endings that can be very sensitive when exposed. This results in a painful toothache that could be very uncomfortable if left untreated. It is important to know some of the conditions that could result in such kinds of toothaches.

An abscessed tooth could be the cause of the painful toothache. Also known as dental abscess, this condition is characterized by the presence of pus in the tooth pulp. It results in a very painful toothache that could spread to other parts of your mouth. Getting dental abscess treated is very important. This is because it can spread to the gum tissues and cause tooth loss.

Tooth decay is another condition that’s linked with extremely painful toothaches. When you have a decayed tooth, you will experience a throbbing toothache that can be very uncomfortable. Tooth decay is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene. You can prevent the condition by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. You should also come in for dental cleanings to get rid of bacteria you might have missed when brushing. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on toothaches.

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