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Does Toothache Always Correspond to a Cavity?

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mar11If you develop toothache, then it’s most likely due to a cavity but there are several other possible causes.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth hurt whenever you drink something hot or cold or which is particularly sweet or sour, you could have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can develop if your gums are receding or if your tooth enamel is becoming thinner. Try using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this will help to gradually relieve the symptoms.

Sinus Infection

Sometimes toothache can be due to a sinus infection. If your upper teeth on both sides of your face feel painful, it could sinusitis. This kind of toothache is often accompanied by tenderness around your sinuses and nasal congestion.

Jaw Pain

If the discomfort feels more like jaw pain, your toothache could be caused by problems with your temporomandibular joints or your jaw joints. This may be due to a jaw injury, arthritis or tooth grinding and clenching (bruxism). It’s also possible for jaw pain to be caused by impacted wisdom teeth.

If you have toothache or jaw pain, please book an appointment with our dentist here at Apple Dental. It is important to find out the reason for toothache to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment.

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