Your tooth hurts and you immediately think the following to yourself: “Oh no! My tooth must be decayed or infected!” While this frequently is the case, it’s not always the answer. Since you can’t simply guess on your own, this is the very obvious reason that we typically instruct our patients to come in when a toothache happens. What you may be overjoyed to discover is that you might show up and we may have some other diagnosis for you! Ready to find out what it could include? Let’s get started with a couple possibilities.
Reason #1: Congestion
Yep. You read that correctly. Congestion may be the reason your tooth hurts (or that many of your teeth hurt). Whether something is wrong with your teeth (like decay) or they’re perfectly fine, you may be feeling the sensations that can come when pressure from your sinuses sits heavily on your teeth. Take your preferred approach to opening airways and relieving the congestion, so your toothache can take a hike!
Reason #2: Sensitivity
Did you know that if you end up with dental sensitivity, letting us know that your tooth hurts is going to be a very common moment? Yes, of course, you could be dealing with irritation as the result of decay or infection. However, sensitivity may arise for other reasons. Perhaps you were eating and accidentally hit your tooth with your fork or spoon. Or, maybe you have been overdoing your brushing and your enamel is thinning, which is causing sensitivity (and many of your teeth hurt). We can help.
Let Us Help If Your Tooth Hurts
Don’t wait long if you have a toothache. Letting us know at the onset will make your journey toward improvement a much simpler one. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.