By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
July 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothaches  

Oh, no, that little twinge in a back molar has turned into a full-blown toothache. You wonder what's going on, and what you should do? You don't want to bother going to the dentist, but should you?

In most cases of toothache, the answer is yes, get to Ann Arbor, MI dentist, Dr. Craig Blogin. He can examine your mouth and pinpoint Toothache the exact cause of your dental pain. Small dental problems can become big, complicated ones if ignored.

What Causes a Toothache

Sometimes a tooth and surrounding soft tissue hurt simply because a piece of food, such as a popcorn hull, is stuck between the tooth enamel and gums. If the individual can visualize it and dislodge it with dental floss or a toothpick, all may be well.

Other causes of tooth pain are far more serious. These problems include:

  • cavities This decaying of tooth enamel can cause extreme sensitivity to hot, cold and sugary foods. Additionally, cavities may extend deep into the inner pulp of a tooth where sensitive nerves and blood supply reside. Dr. Blogin employs various diagnostic techniques and imaging to pinpoint decay and can treat it with tooth-colored fillings, crowns or root canal therapy as needed.
  • dental abscesses When bacteria infects a cavity, a dental abscess results in toothache, redness of the surrounding gum and sometimes swelling of the jaw.
  • periodontitis This advanced stage of gum disease results from tartar and plaque build up below the gum line. The resulting infection causes discomfort, red and swollen gums, loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss and gum and bone recession. The American Dental Associations says that regular exams and cleanings help keep gum disease at bay.
  • sinus infection Those hurting back molars are probably healthy, but a bacterial infection in the sinuses directly above them can cause teeth to ache.
  • impacted wisdom teeth Adolescents suffer tooth and jaw pain when these nuisance molars stay below the gumline and push on the roots of their neighbors. Infection is common, and extraction is usually the rule.
  • TMJ dysfunction and bruxism Jaw joint misalignment and nighttime tooth grinding cause tooth pain. Left untreated, pain continues, and teeth wear down. Often simple, custom-made mouth guards realign the joint and prevent grinding, too.
  • chips and fractures Dental injuries that break teeth not only hurt, they cause cosmetic issues and compromise the health of the tooth. Restorations such as porcelain crowns or simple bonding or veneers can repair the tooth structure and restore aesthetics, too.

Don't Wait on a Toothache

Craig Blogin, DDS, PLC urges you to contact his Ann Arbor office at the first sign of a toothache. That's the best course of action to preserve good oral health and overall well-being, too. Call his dedicated team for an appointment: (734) 975-6700.


Ann Arbor, MI Dentist
Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
2715 Packard, Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 975-6700
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