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Every person has probably experienced what it's like to have toothaches at some point in their lives. Having a toothache and losing your tooth is part of growing up. However, there’s really more to it than that. Toothaches can be caused by a number of factors. Let’s take a look at toothaches more closely and find out everything you need to know about toothaches.

Toothache Causes

A toothache is an intense pain that occurs in a tooth or a tooth part. Toothaches can be caused by many factors, from dental and medical to health-related problems.

The most common cause of toothaches is tooth decay. Tooth decay refers to a slowly developing deep decay of the tooth structure. Tooth decay can have many stages, and the most common is a cavity. Cavities are the result of plaque buildup on your teeth.

Toothache can be caused by a number of factors. From dental problems, medications, and medical conditions, there are many possible causes of toothaches:

  • Inflamed Gums
  • Infections
  • Bruxism
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Dental Abscess
  • Trauma (Tooth Injury)
  • Poor Diet
  • Systemic Diseases
  • Impacted Tooth
  • Abscessed Tooth

Types of Pain Caused by Toothaches

As toothaches can be caused by many different things, people also experience the pain they cause in various ways. It could be a dull kind of pain, or it could be a sharp, debilitating pain. Let's see what each type of pain means and what may have caused it.

1. Dull Aching

This type of pain is often felt at the back of the mouth. It may be a result of a dental problem such as tooth decay or gum disease. It could also be caused by a mouth infection.

2. Sharp Pain

The feeling of sharp pain can be more intense than the other types. It is usually felt in the tooth area and caused by a dental problem such as an abscessed tooth or a painful cavity. It's also important to note that sharp pain can be caused by a mouth infection.

3. Ceasing Pain

This type of pain is also a result of dental problems or mouth infections. However, unlike the other types of pain, this type of pain is intermittent. It is felt in a tooth or a specific area at times.

4. Pain that Spreads

Pain that spreads to other areas of the mouth is a result of systemic toothaches. In some cases, it could also be a sign of a more serious dental problem.

5. A "Buzzing" Feeling

A buzzing feeling is a result of a dental infection. It is usually felt at the back of the mouth.

Professional Treatment for Any Type of Toothache

If you are experiencing any kind of pain in your teeth, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Many different factors cause toothaches, and you have to have the right treatment for your particular situation.

For mild toothaches, you can use some oral products for pain relief. However, for more serious cases, it is best to see a dentist. Your dentist can come up with the best treatment for your particular toothache.

For a more serious toothache, you may need root canal treatment or tooth extraction. Sometimes, a toothache can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. If this is the case, your dentist will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist to determine the actual cause of your toothache.


Toothaches are not just a fact of life. When they are caused by a dental problem, it is necessary to get the proper treatment. If you are experiencing some form of toothache, getting an immediate diagnosis and treatment from a dentist is always recommended.

Don't let yourself suffer through the pain of having a toothache. Let the dental specialists at Dental House in Waterford take a look at you and assess your condition. We are your trusted clinic when it comes to providing affordable dentistry to our Ann Arbor and Waterford clients. Schedule an appointment today!

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