Toothache in Calgary – How it happens and what you can do to prevent it

There’s no denying, toothache just isn’t fun.  Thought to be primarily caused by dental decay; toothache can actually be brought on by several dental issues ranging from Gum Disease, Tooth Eruption, Temperature Sensitivity, Clenching and Grinding, and TMJ concerns.  Regardless of what causes toothache, the bottom line is that a tooth, or teeth, aren’t happy and require some dental attention from your Calgary Dentist.

Dr. Andy Hoe – a dentist in Shawnessy SW Calgary – explains that toothache can happen at anytime and isn’t always a result of some specific occurrence – like a dental trauma or neglected dental cavity.  The reality is that teeth are vital – have nerves and blood supply – and respond to stimuli.  And just like other tissue in the human body, teeth can ache as a result of disease, inflammation and irritation.  In young patients, toothache often occurs during the eruption stage, and when teeth have dental decay that has gone untreated.  Most young children love sugar – sodas, chocolate bars, candy and other sugary treats – but as much as children are fans of sugar they aren’t always such raving fans of brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis.  Dental plaque that forms on tooth surfaces loves to feed off the remnants of sticky, sugary food – emitting acids that erode the enamel and dentin of teeth - leading to dental cavities.  As a cavity becomes larger and goes deeper in to the tissues of a tooth the result is a toothache.

This SW Calgary Dentist goes on to explain that in adults toothache isn’t so much a result of dental decay but due to forces exerted while clenching and grinding.  Teeth are designed to handle normal pressure – chewing etc – but during times of abnormal force – clenching/grinding – the pulp inside the tooth can become irritated and inflamed – causing random tooth discomfort.  When clenching and grinding goes undiagnosed and untreated, the nerve of the tooth may gradually die – resulting in further pain and the need for Root Canal Treatment.

Toothache can be the result of various triggers, but what is important to mention is that it’s never a good idea to ignore dental pain as treatment may be needed.  Seeing your Calgary Dentist for exams at regular intervals provides an opportunity for your dentist to diagnose dental decay and other issues before a toothache starts.  And if clenching and grinding is the cause of your tooth discomfort – now is a great time to speak with your dentist about a night guard or other appliance that can help.

Dr. Andy Hoe of Bite Dental in Shawnessy encourages patients to contact the office regarding tooth discomfort – 403.201.2483 – Welcoming New Patients.




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