Written by: on July 20, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

blonde woman with a toothacheIf you’ve ever had a toothache, you might be interested to know that the next one might be prevented. To keep your teeth comfortable, however, you have to understand why teeth hurt in the first place, and how to prevent the conditions that often lead to toothaches. While the possible reasons for toothaches are many, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, helps you understand the discomfort a little better by reviewing four of the most common influences behind tooth sensitivity.

Common Reasons for Toothaches

Injuries

If you crack or break a tooth, there’s a good chance that it will hurt. The nerves and blood vessels that sustain the tooth are located at its center, in a hollow chamber called the pulp. A crack or fracture can expose the tissues to food debris, beverages, bacteria, and other irritations, and the aching will grow worse until the tooth is treated.

Cavities

A cavity is a hole in your tooth, caused by a bacterial infection known as tooth decay. While a traumatic injury can expose your tooth’s sensitive interior, a cavity can infect it, causing increasingly worse pain as the infection spreads. Good hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly can help you prevent cavities, or treat them before they grow large enough to require extensive treatment.

Abscesses

In severe cases, when treatment is delayed, tooth decay can spread through the pulp and to the tooth’s roots, which are embedded within the jawbone underneath your gums. An abscess is a pocket of infection that can form on the root, gums, or jawbone as a result of severe infection, and can be the driving force behind sometimes-debilitating toothaches.

Gum disease

Though gum disease doesn’t directly affect your tooth structure, it can still lead to tooth sensitivity by causing your gums to recede from your teeth’s roots, exposing them to common irritations. Unlike the crowns, or top portions of your teeth, roots aren’t covered in highly-mineralized enamel, and will become sensitive if their protective shield of gum tissue is compromised.

ABOUT YOUR FARMINGTON HILLS DENTIST:

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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