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Does Tooth Pain Automatically Mean a Cavity?

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Dr. Joshi
Does Tooth Pain Automatically Mean a Cavity?The first thing that might come to mind when people think of a compromised tooth is a cavity. After all, when poor dental health choices are brought into the conversation, such as eating a bowl of caramel, the response most people tend to have revolves around cavities.

While cavities are one of the most common dental problems, there is a bit of a mix up when it comes to the symptoms that come with it. Cavities, in general, aren't necessarily painful. What cavities are, however, are gateways to bigger dental problems such as infections that do cause the user pain. If you are experiencing tooth pain, here are a few reasons why that might be.

Fractured/Chipped Teeth

A broken tooth may not be immediately apparent. For a lot of people, it starts off as pain that suddenly has appeared out of nowhere when they are eating, drinking, or simply going about their day.

Tooth Abscess

When talking about untreated cavities leading to infections, this is one of the resulting symptoms. A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that develops either near the root of the tooth or between the teeth and gums. This symptom results in pain for the user and is considered a dental emergency.

Sensitive Teeth

When the enamel on teeth is worn down/away, it leads to a more sensitive tooth overall. Consuming food and beverages that are hot, cold, or even sweet can cause pain to the user. Worn enamel could be caused by brushing too harshly or eating large amounts of citrus and sour candy- this is why we strongly discourage these behaviors.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is important that you receive dental help as soon as possible. Please call our office with the number provided, explain your symptoms, and we will schedule an appointment for you.
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