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Have A Toothache? Here’s What It Could Mean!

Did you know the type of pain you’re experiencing can usually indicate what oral health issues you’re facing? We’ve put together some of the most common types of dental pain we see at our practice and what it could mean.

Sharp pains

Not all cavities hurt (and this is why we usually recommend scheduling your checkup every 6 months), but if you experience a sudden, sharp pain, this could point towards tooth decay. By visiting our Purity Dentist ASAP, you reduce the chances of the cavity spreading and becoming more problematic.

Pain when biting down

If you experience discomfort while chewing, the most common culprits are either a cracked tooth or gum disease. While one involves the root structure, the other is due to an infection of the soft tissue around your teeth. The only way to determine what the cause is, is by our dentist taking an x-ray if the dental problem isn’t easily visible to the eye.

Throbbing or dull aches

Some throbbing toothaches may also be due to sinus pressure. This is why we recommend letting us know if you’ve had allergies or any sinus congestion in order to rule out all possible factors during your consultation. However, gum infection and decay can also lead to the ligaments around your teeth becoming sore, resulting in a dull ache.

Sensitivity to hot/cold

If you’re suddenly experiencing sensitivity to hot/cold foods and beverages, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our dentist to find out if this is due to gum disease, tooth decay or nerve damage. If caught early on, all you may need is fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel!

While this is a general guide, the cause of your toothache can definitely vary from person to person. The only way to know for sure what’s causing that ache is to visit our dentist! Call (03) 9540 8900 today if you’re suffering from a persistent toothache and need professional help.