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A man in pain holding his cheeks

We see plenty of patients who visit us with a toothache that turns out to be a cavity, but, that’s not always the case. Did you know your “toothache” may not even be coming from your tooth!

Cavity OR Receding Gums

The pain in your mouth may be occurring because of receding gums, which typically manifests itself in the form of painful tooth sensitivity. If you have difficulty ingesting hot or cold foods and beverages, do a quick self-check at home for receding gums the next time you’re brushing and flossing and then schedule a visit with your dentist for a professional diagnosis.

Cavity OR Sinus Infection

If your toothache is occurring in your upper teeth only, you may have a cavity up there, or you may be experiencing sinusitis. Nasal congestion, tenderness, and headaches accompanying your toothache are good clues that your pain is not strictly “dental”-related. Consult your family doctor or a sinus specialist.

Cavity OR Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

If your toothache is in the bottom half of your mouth, or towards the molars, it may be an early warning sign of a TMJ disorder caused by cancer, teeth grinding, arthritis, or acute jaw trauma. If your pain sensation causes you to feel like your mouth is “sticking together”, or you hear popping or clicking when opening your mouth, chances are, a cavity is NOT to blame. The best way to identify a problem, in this case, would be to see your dentist.

If you have oral pain of any kind, don’t wait until the problem is unbearable. See a dental professional right away. Your oral health really is an indicator of overall health and is often the first defense against diseases. If the pain in your mouth has become severe, don’t wait another day! Call and ask about our Seen-Same-Day-Emergencies!

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