Have you ever suffered from a toothache? Do you ever think about steps you could take to address this issue—or about what might be causing a painful toothache? While toothaches may not seem like a major problem, they can actually be an indicator of more serious dental issues.
Sadly, a toothache can be caused by several different issues. For instance, would you be surprised to hear that a toothache could be caused by an infection or an abscess in your tooth or gums? If you have gum disease, the ligaments keeping your teeth in place might eventually be affected. This is one relatively common cause of toothaches. You may also have a toothache if the center of your tooth has become infected. Sadly, if this is the case, you could experience extreme pain.
Another common culprit of toothaches is bruxism, which is sometimes called teeth grinding. If you suffer from bruxism, you’ll actually be placing a great amount of pressure on your jaw. This pressure could actually lead to injuries such as chips and cracks. To make matters worse, you may not even be aware that you have bruxism—especially if you only grind your teeth while you are asleep.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions that could help you deal with toothaches. In general, over-the-counter pain medicines can alleviate your discomfort until you can visit our team. We can also help you address toothaches by treating the actual cause.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the care you can receive from our team at Meadowdale Dental Clinic, or have any questions about dealing with a toothache in Lynnwood, Washington, please don’t hesitate to call us at (425) 361-0842. Dr. Lois Lee and our team will be happy to assess your smile and give you personalized advice. We’re excited to hear from you!