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The two main sources of toothache

The two main sources of toothache

In order to defeat your enemy, you must first understand your enemy. Believe us folks, toothache is not an enemy you should underestimate. Even the best of us find it to be unbearable. Shakespeare said it best in Much Ado Nothing:

“For there has never yet been a philosopher who could endure a toothache patiently, even though they all write as if they had risen above human suffering and misfortune.”

Toothache is often played for jokes in movies and television but anyone who has had a serious problem with toothache knows how big the problem can be. The pain is of a wholly different type than most pains. It is a searing pain; it is a pain which you often have trouble knowing the origin point of. There are two main sources of dental pain which we will be discussing. These are not all the sources of toothache but these are the most common ones.

1) Damaged Teeth

Most of the time having a toothache means that your teeth are decaying or damaged. There are nerve endings concentrated at the core of your teeth; they come up from the gums and congregate between the teeth. If anything happens to your tooth (such as a cavity), it can expose or irritate these nerves. This results in a horrible searing pain that originates from the center point of your tooth. The only way to fix such issues is to remove the tooth causing problems or to do a root canal.

When you go to the doctor with a decaying tooth, they will do their best to remove it. The reason we remove such teeth is that they only get worse with time. If we leave them in but treat the pain then it will only be a short term solution. The tooth will decay further with time and will once again end up inflaming and damaging the nerves within it and you will be coming back to us in pain again.

2) Gum diseases

Your gums are the connection between your teeth and your mouth. Sometimes, toothache is caused not by an issue with teeth but instead by an infection or some other disease affecting your gums. When there is an infection in your gums they become inflamed. Remember the nerve ending we told you about when we were discussing damages teeth? They become inflamed which hurts a lot. The nerve endings are concentrated between the teeth and do not have much room to grow, so when they become inflamed your tooth ends up putting even more pressure on them, which increases the inflammation further.

You may also often have trouble eating or drinking items that are hot or cold if you have gum disease. The reason is that the inflammation causes the tooth to move a bit which can expose its root. The root is protected by the gums under normal circumstances. Without this protection, everything affects the root directly and results in a very painful feeling.