Posts for tag: Toothache

By Today's Dental
April 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

A toothache means a tooth has a problem, right? Most of the time, yes: the pain comes from a decayed or fractured tooth, or possibly a gum infection causing tooth sensitivity.

Sometimes, though, the pain doesn't originate with your teeth and gums. They're fine and healthy—it's something outside of your tooth causing the pain. We call this referred pain—one part of your body is sending or referring pain to another part, in this instance around your mouth.

There are various conditions that can create referred pain in the mouth, and various ways to treat them. That's why you should first find out the cause, which will indicate what treatment course to take.

Here are a few common non-dental causes for tooth pain.

Trigeminal Neuralgia. The trigeminal nerves situated on either side of the face have three large branches that extend throughout the face; the branch to the jaw allows you to feel sensation as you chew. When one of the nerve branches becomes inflamed, usually from a blood vessel or muscle spasm pressing on it, it can refer the pain to the jaw and seem like a toothache.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). These two joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull can sometimes become dysfunctional for a variety of reasons. This can set up a cycle of spasms and pain that can radiate throughout the jaw and its associated muscles. The pain can mimic a toothache, when it actually originates in the jaw joints.

Teeth Grinding. This is an unconscious habit, often occurring at night, in which people clench or grind their teeth together. Although quite common in children who tend to grow out of it, teeth grinding can continue into adulthood. The abnormally high biting forces from this habit can cause chipped, broken or loosened teeth. But it can also cause jaw pain, headaches and tenderness in the mouth that might feel like a toothache.

These and other conditions unrelated to dental disease can seem like a tooth problem, when they're actually something else. By understanding exactly why you're feeling pain, we can then focus on the true problem to bring relief to your life.

If you would like more information on oral pain issues, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Dental disease doesn’t discriminate by age. Although certain types of disease are more common in adults, children are just as susceptible, particularly to tooth decay.

Unfortunately, the early signs of disease in a child’s teeth can be quite subtle—that’s why you as a parent should keep alert for any signs of a problem. Here are 3 things you might notice that definitely need your dentist’s attention.

Cavities. Tooth decay occurs when mouth acid erodes tooth enamel and forms holes or cavities. The infection can continue to grow and affect deeper parts of the tooth like the pulp and root canals, eventually endangering the tooth’s survival. If you notice tiny brown spots on their teeth, this may indicate the presence of cavities—you should see your dentist as soon as possible. To account for what you don’t see, have your child visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Toothache. Tooth pain can range from a sensitive twinge of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods to a throbbing sharp pain. Whatever its form, a child’s toothache might indicate advancing decay in which the infection has entered the tooth pulp and is attacking the nerves. If your child experiences any form of toothache, see your dentist the next day if possible. Even if the pain goes away, don’t cancel the appointment—it’s probable the infection is still there and growing.

Bleeding gums. Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause).  If you notice your child’s gums bleeding after brushing, see your dentist as soon as possible—the sooner they receive treatment for any gum problems the less damage they’ll experience, and the better chance of preserving any affected teeth.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Today’s Dental
August 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothache  

Find out what causes dental pain and why you should seek proper treatment.

We can probably all agree that if we are in pain something is not right. And if your mouth is experiencing pain and discomfort, there has Tooth Acheto be a reason for it. Pain usually doesn’t show up without a reason. If you are experiencing a toothache find out why you should call one of our Houston dentists Dr. Tiberiu Oancea or Dr. Jeromy Thornton right away.

You have a toothache

This is one of the biggest warning signs of a problem. While having a piece of food stuck between your teeth can cause some discomfort if you are experiencing a sharp pain, especially when chewing, then you need to visit our Houston general dentist right away. This is often a sign of severe decay or an infection, and these problems won’t go away on their own.

You are noticing bleeding gums

It isn’t normal for your gums to bleed. If you see some blood while flossing then it means that you either need to revamp your oral care routine so you’re doing a more thorough job or you may already have gum disease. If you notice bleeding gums it’s not a bad idea to call us as soon as possible to get a proper dental cleaning and to check for other signs of gum disease.

You have a dark or permanently stained tooth

While most stains caused by coffee, soda and wine are only on the surface and can easily be treated with our whitening system, if the stain doesn’t go away then it’s time to talk to us. Brown or black spots can be signs of a cavity, while red or blue stains could mean the tooth has a severe crack.

You have a loose or damaged tooth

A cracked, crumbling or loose tooth is warning you of some serious physical concerns. Often times, this problem can be due to teeth grinding, but there are other variables for why you might be dealing with a weak or damaged tooth. Fortunately, your Houston, TX family dentist is here to help.

Dental pain is nothing to ignore. Don’t let these problems get worse. Call Today’s Dental in Houston, TX right away to handle all of your dental needs.