A toothache typically signifies a dental problem. There are several reasons why you may be experiencing tooth pain. Some of these may be quite serious and require immediate medical help.

Most common reasons why you may be having a toothache

There is a lot list of potential causes of tooth pain. Figuring out what the cause of the problem will make it easier to know what to do about it.  Some of the most common are:

  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Erupting or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Improper Oral Hygiene
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Damaged fillings
  • Temperature Sensitivity
  • Fractured/cracked tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth decay

Tooth decay is the most common cause of a toothache. The deeper the decay, the more severe the symptoms. If the decay reaches the center of the tooth, the pain will likely be quite severe. It is essential not to ignore this as it may quickly become even a more significant dental issue.

Not all toothaches are the same

Tooth pain can vary significantly.  The pain can be mild to severe. It can be localized or widespread.  It can be a dull ache, throbbing, or sharp pain.  It may be constant, or in some cases, it only felt when pressure is applied to the tooth or while eating or drinking something cold.

The type of pain may be a good clue to the cause of it. However, we are all different, and there could be many differences in how a dental problem may manifest in your specific case. Other symptoms we should be mindful of are:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Difficulty opening our mouth or swallowing
  • Swelling

Treatment for toothaches

The treatment will depend on the cause of tooth pain. It is important not to eliminate the pain but also to address the underlying concern. Fixing the cause of the toothache will hopefully eliminate it from coming back.   Common treatment options may include the following:

Preventing a toothache

There a few things that we can do to minimize the chance of having a toothache.  Good oral hygiene can reduce our chances of dental decay and gum disease.  Tooth brushing twice daily and flossing are a must.  Toothpaste with fluoride or xylitol will also help reduce the risk of tooth decay.  Proper nutrition is also essential, especially avoiding foods and beverages that are acidic or high in sugar.   Mouthguards are a great way of preventing injuries such as fractures or cracks.  Seeing a dentist regularly is also very important. Routine dental exams can often reveal issues even before they become symptomatic.  Multiple treatment options may be available to you, while the problem is still not an emergency.  This gives you more time to consider an evaluate the best treatment for you without making a rash decision solely based on the discomfort you may be experiencing.

When to see a dentist

You should always see a dentist on a regular basis; it is recommended that this is done once or twice per year. Having said that, if you are experiencing any dental pain, you should have an additional examination.  See a dentist right away if you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or difficulty swallowing or opening your mouth.  These can be signs of more serious dental issues that can potentially affect your overall wellbeing and even become life-threatening.

If you are experiencing any dental pain, have any questions or concerns, or simply need a regular dental checkup, contact us at Sherwood Dental in Kitchener, and we will be happy to help.


DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is no way to offer a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation.  Any advice provided is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.