What Causes Toothaches?


It can sometimes be a challenge for a dentist’s office like Discover Dental to convince patients that they need to come in regularly for teeth cleanings and check-ups. We never have to remind patients to visit us when they have a toothache, however! Though they vary in severity, toothaches are no fun for anyone. Sometimes they can even prevent you from being productive at work or getting a good night’s sleep.


No matter how careful and consistent you are about your oral healthcare routine, at some point, you will probably experience the pain of a toothache. Often, people assume that tooth pain is due to a cavity. That’s only one of several possible causes of toothaches, however.


If you’re experiencing sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, that could mean you’ve got a cavity that needs filling. It may also be a sign, though, that you have sensitive teeth. Several factors can cause sensitive teeth, from receding gums to a thinning of your tooth enamel.


Different oral health issues cause different kinds of toothaches. If the pain you’re feeling is a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down, the cause could be a cavity or a cracked tooth. If it’s a throbbing, constant pain, though, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection. Book an appointment at Discover Dental to have it assessed right away!


If your pain is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a direct injury or trauma to the jaw, teeth grinding, or arthritis or cancer affecting the jaw. If your wisdom teeth have not been removed, impacted molars could also be causing you jaw pain.


Sometimes, toothaches aren’t even caused by your teeth. A less-common but still painful cause of toothache is a sinus infection. If only the upper teeth on both sides of your face are in pain, sinusitis could be the culprit. This sort of toothache is usually accompanied by nasal congestion and tenderness around your sinuses. If you suspect this is the cause of your tooth pain, you may wish to see your doctor instead of a dentist.


The only way to know for sure what’s causing your toothache is to get checked out by a dentist. Fortunately, Discover Dental is located conveniently in the Heights! We help patients from across the Greater Houston Area find relief from toothaches and other dental ailments. Book an appointment today so we can put you back on the path to full dental health!