Toothaches are no fun, plain and simple. Not only are they accompanied by sharp or dull pain, they can also be a cause of concern. As your trusted Fort Collins family dentist, we want to go over some common reasons for toothaches, and let you know what to do about them. Some toothaches are not an immediate cause for concern, whereas others may need immediate attention. When in doubt, get it checked out!
Four Reasons For A Toothache
- Undergoing Orthodontic Alignment: Braces and clear aligner trays such as Invisalign can cause initial discomfort or aching pain after a tightening or new tray is assigned. This is completely normal and not a cause for concern if the pain is not unusually unbearable. However, if it persists more than a few days, give us a call and come in for a checkup to make sure everything is alright.
- Hot And Cold Sensitivity: If you find your teeth aching while eating ice cream or enjoying a hot cup of coffee, you’re not alone. This can happen when your enamel wears down or your nerve root is exposed or close to the surface. Try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, and if the sensitivity does not get worse or persists, mention it at your next regular checkup. However, if the pain gets worse, give us a call and come see us as soon as possible.
- Cavity or Tooth Decay: This is by far the most common reason for a toothache. Often times, you do not know you have tooth decay until the inner area of the tooth is affected, by which time you will need to seek relatively immediate dental treatment at this will only get worse and will not go away on its own. Pain caused by tooth decay or a cavity often starts off dull and then becomes suddenly sharp and intense.
- Fractured or Chipped Tooth: Whether you bit into a hard piece of candy or got hit in the face with a soccer ball, a broken tooth can cause serious discomfort, especially if the fracture or break goes all the way to the nerve. Pain may not happen immediately after a break or fracture but should be addressed immediately by your local dentist nonetheless.
Make A Dental Appointment For Tooth Hurty!
Okay, we know that’s the oldest dentist joke in the book, and with good reason! If your tooth hurts and you’re not sure why, come in to see us before the pain becomes unbearable. (And no, dental appointments for sore teeth do not have to be scheduled at 2:30 in the afternoon!) Contact your Fort Collins dentist at Shores Family Dentistry today!