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When is Toothache Not Toothache?

added on: July 18, 2017

A toothache is a problem that most of us will experience at some point. A toothache is sometimes referred to as dentalgia, odontalgia or odotongenic pain. It is important to note there are both dental and non-dental causes of toothache. Following is an explanation of the possible causes of toothache.

Dental Toothache Causes

More often than not, toothaches are an indication of a dental problem. Cavities are one of the most common causes of a toothache. A cavity can expose the dentin, which is the substance that is found underneath the enamel. When the dentin is exposed, it becomes more sensitive to cold, heat or any other stimuli. Dental abscess is another condition that can cause a toothache. Abscess develops when the tooth develops an infection. This infection can cause the tissue surrounding the tooth to become swollen and inflamed. Dental abscess should be treated as soon as possible because the infection can spread to other parts of the body, which can be dangerous.

Non-Dental Toothache Causes

While most toothaches are caused by a dental problems, a toothache may sometimes be caused by a non-dental problem. As strange as it may sound, a toothache may be caused by a heart problem. Certain heart problems can cause pain in other parts of the body, such as the jaw and tooth. In many cases, if a person has a toothache that is caused by a heart problem, the pain may worsen with physical exertion. Sinus problems, salivary gland dysfunction and nerve damage are some of the other things that can cause a toothache.

There are several causes of a toothache. The causes are not always dental-related, but you should see a dentist  if you have been experiencing a toothache. If the problem is tooth-related, then your dentist will be able to correct it. You will most likely be referred to another healthcare provider if the problem is not tooth-related.

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