Dental Pain? It May Not Be a Toothache

There is nothing more annoying than waking up to tooth pain. Because our mouths are basically a mystery, any pain we have is assumed to be a cavity. And if the pain can be dealt with, we find no need to visit the dentist. Unfortunately, not all toothaches are caused by decay or cavities. So, let’s break down your dental pain. You may need to make that dental visit sooner than you think…

If you enjoy anything hot or cold and feel sharp pains, it may be a cavity, but it could be tooth sensitivity brought on by exposed dentin from thin enamel or receding gums.

A cracked tooth may cause pain deep in your jaw or gums when you bite down. The pressure of biting can cause the cracked tooth to spread, putting pressure on nerves, and causing an intense pain localized to a single tooth.

Throbbing pain on one side of the mouth may be caused by an infection below the tooth, often related to periodontal disease or dental abscess. This is when it gets rather urgent. Left untreated, the infection may spread to the bone, jeopardizing one or more teeth, and potentially causing loss of gum tissue.

You may be surprised, but there are some mouth pains that have nothing to do with your teeth. Sinus issues and problems of the TMJ (jaw/skull joint) can both cause pain in the mouth and face but aren’t necessarily problems your dentist can solve.

Mouth pain is nothing to ignore. The sooner you seek professional help, the less likely you will need major dental procedures done to fix your ails.
If you would like to find out more about toothaches, contact Dr. Bartz in Oak Lawn, IL at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation. Or visit for additional information.