Toothaches: It’s not Always Cavities

Those who’ve been through it will agree that toothaches are one of the most excruciating pains. What’s worse, it can suddenly knock your door in the middle of the night and leave you whimpering for hours.  No matter how conscious we are about our dental hygiene, we’ve all fallen prey to toothache at least once in our lives—and definitely don’t want to revisit that.

The reason could be more than just a cavity!

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of the American population over 30 suffers from dental illnesses which affect their gums and teeth bones. The reasons could vary. We’ve made a list of what could have caused you the pain:

Tooth Fracture

If you’re an avid sports player and have suffered from minor falls while playing, you must get your teeth checked for fractures. Teeth fractures can worsen over time if left untreated. A tiny broken piece of your tooth might not sound like a trouble. But the pain can drive you insane if the fracture makes its way to the nerves. Teeth fractures can’t always be seen with a naked eye. It’s essential to refer to a dentist to see if it’s broken.

Gum Disease

As per the American Dental Association, gum diseases are a major cause of tooth loss in American adults. Also known as ‘Periodontal diseases’, this condition results from not paying enough heed to oral hygiene. As a result, your gums become red, swollen and prone to bleeding and infections.

Emergency Dental Services

This doesn’t just cause excruciating pain in the tooth but can also affect the tissues. Gum diseases also make your teeth sensitive to temperatures and touch.

It’s a wisdom tooth!

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars at the back of your mouth that erupt between 17 and 25 years. Most people have had their wisdom teeth removed because a) they’re impacted; b) they press against your surrounding teeth; c) your mouth isn’t big enough to accommodate them.

Tooth pain, swollen gums, and pain in the jaws are a few symptoms that indicate you need to seek dental treatment for wisdom tooth removal.

Self-medication can make things worse for you. Always have an emergency dental service on your dialup. If you’re in West Hills, CA and your toothache isn’t letting you sleep at night, we’ll always be one call away!

At West Hills Smiles, we can schedule an appointment for the same day. Book your appointment through our website or call (818) 346-4303.