3 Common Causes of Toothaches

Categories: General Dentistry

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA

Tooth pain strikes at the worst time. It happens to nearly everyone at some point. When this happens to you, the best course of action is to see a general dentist in Scotts Valley. You no longer have to let dental pain prevent you from living life to the fullest. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, our neuromuscular dentists serve Los Gatos, Scotts Valley, and Santa Cruz. From intermittent zings to throbbing toothaches, find out on our blog today about three common causes of tooth pain.

Cavities and Gum Disease

Cavities and gum disease are caused by bacteria in the mouth that breakdown foods we consume, secreting acids on the teeth and gums. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to remove disease-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, not everyone is diligent about their oral hygiene, and many people skip going to the dentist for six-month checkups and cleanings. As a result, cavities form, and gum disease risks increase. If tooth decay and gum disease aren’t treated, you could end up with tooth pain or total tooth loss.

A severely decayed tooth, or one in which bacteria have reached the tooth’s internal structure, may abscess, causing severe throbbing pain that does not go away without dental care. Gum disease is an infection that causes gum recession, exposing the tooth’s roots, which are not protected by enamel. If you have gum disease, you may experience tooth sensitivity or pain until treatment is sought.

You have TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder affects millions. It results in jaw discomfort or jaw joint pain, toothaches, headaches, and pain that could spread to the neck and back. TMJ disorder, as it is commonly called, may begin as a result of a misaligned bite, missing teeth, arthritis, or a facial injury. Primary care physicians often misdiagnose TMJ disorder as something else, or mask symptoms by prescribing pain medication. This only leaves the patient with symptoms that continue resurfacing. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, our neuromuscular dentists in Scotts Valley use specialized diagnostics to identify cases of TMJ disorder. We also provide non-surgical solutions to stabilizing the bite and restoring the muscular harmony of the mouth and jaws.

You Have Bruxism

Teeth grinding and clenching or bruxism, usually occurs while sleeping, so you may not be aware that you have it. Bruxism causes teeth to become severely worn on the chewing surface. It may even look as though your teeth as shrinking. With a properly fitted mouthguard designed to be worn while sleeping, you can protect your teeth from the devastating effects of bruxism. Left untreated, it may cause teeth to become excessively worn, break or fracture, and result in tooth loss. Bruxism also is common among patients with TMJ disorder. If you exhibit signs of bruxism, speak with our TMJ specialists in Scotts Valley. Signs that you may have bruxism include worn teeth, dental pain, jaw tenderness, and headaches when you wake up.

Dental Office in Scotts Valley

Dental pain is a sign of something serious. It should not be ignored. Doing so would only worsen your condition. Find relief once and for all by contacting Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 824-5111. If you’re looking for TMJ relief in Scotts Valley, or want to find a dentist to treat a throbbing toothache in Los Gatos, we can help.

We look forward to seeing you soon!