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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain   Cavity   Cracked Tooth  

Here are the most common reasons why your tooth might be hurting.

Nothing is worse than a throbbing, aching tooth. If you are currently dealing with a toothache you may be wondering what’s going on and what you should do about it. You’re in luck because our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel can provide emergency dental care to patients dealing with toothaches and other urgent dental matters. Here’s why you should never ignore a toothache:

It’s most likely a cavity

One of the most common problems that our Midland, MI, emergency dentist treats is a cavity. Cavities can develop in anyone, from children to seniors. However, it’s incredibly important that you come in as soon as your tooth starts to hurt. Ignoring the problem will only give the cavity more time to spread.

It could be an infected dental pulp

Deep decay, infection, or trauma to a tooth can all allow bacteria to enter the inside of the tooth. Once bacteria enter the tooth’s chamber, it can infect the dental pulp. Since the pulp is the only part of the tooth with nerves, this also means that it will let you know what’s going on by causing some pretty intense dental pain. Since an infected dental pulp will need to be removed through root canal therapy, it’s important that you come in right away for treatment.

You may have a broken or cracked tooth

Just because you don’t see visible damage to a tooth doesn’t mean that it’s not there. You may be dealing with a cracked or broken tooth if you notice sudden pain and sensitivity that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth. If you notice these symptoms, give us a call right away.

You could have gum disease

While gum disease infects the gum tissue this doesn’t mean that you can’t experience tooth-related symptoms as well. As the gums start to recede, due to expanding pockets of infection between the gums and the teeth, this can expose the roots of the teeth. If you notice suddenly tooth sensitivity and your gums seem to be shrinking in appearance, it might just be gum disease.

When you are dealing with a toothache or other dental emergency it’s important that you have a dentist here in Midland, MI, that you trust. Don’t ignore your dental pain. Give our practice a call today at (989) 631-6680.