Common Causes of Tooth Pain Other Than Cavities

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Tooth pain isn’t always caused by cavities.

Toothaches can range from mildly annoying to seriously debilitating, and they are the leading reason for why people visit their dentist’s office. People most commonly assume that cavities are the cause for their toothaches, and while this is often the case, tooth decay isn’t the only culprit. Here are a few common problems that can cause that throbbing pain in your mouth.

Abscessed Tooth

A severe infection at the root of a tooth is called an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are typically the result of tooth decay, tooth injury, or gum disease. An abscessed tooth needs to be treated immediately as the infection can spread to the surrounding bones. If you are suffering from fever, swollen glands, bad breath, or sensitivity in addition to a toothache–it may mean that you have an abscessed tooth.


Grinding or clenching of the teeth can lead to tooth pain. Although many people clench and grind without any ill effects, chronic bruxism can cause more serious damage and pain. Persistent grinding will strip your teeth’s protective enamel, leaving the dentin layer exposed, and causing severe tooth sensitivity and pain.

Periodontal Disease

Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a common culprit behind tooth pain. Bleeding gums, gum recession, foul breath, loose or shifting teeth, or gums that are swollen and red are some common symptoms of periodontal disease. If you are suffering from tooth pain in addition to these symptoms, you should see your dentist immediately for a definitive diagnosis.

Tooth Trauma

An accident or sport related injury can cause tooth trauma such as a chipped or dislodged tooth. Tooth trauma can be mild to very severe, so it’s important to seek help immediately if you are experiencing pain that may be related to tooth trauma. If your toothache is interfering with your ability to perform regular activities, it’s time for a visit to the dentist. Pain that persists longer a few days or pain in the ears when opening your mouth wide is also an indication.

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