What causes tooth pain?
Tooth pain can occur for several different reasons, and the type of pain varies. Some people experience a sudden onset of throbbing pain, while others have pain that comes and goes. The most common causes of tooth pain include:
- Dental infections and abscesses
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Gum recession
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Loose or damaged fillings
- Trauma and injuries that affect the jaw joint or the teeth directly
If you have wisdom teeth that are pushing through, you may also find that you experience toothache. This usually occurs when there is a lack of space in the jaw for the third molars, which causes the tooth to push up against the neighbouring tooth and grow at an angle. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth.
In some cases, toothache can also be a side-effect of sinus inflammation.