When it comes to your teeth, pain is always a red flag. Finding out exactly why you’re experiencing pain is always paramount.

Toothaches often warn you of significant dental problems, including infected gums, damaged fillings, tooth fractures, tooth abscesses, and tooth decay. Toothaches can also be caused by habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth.

In addition, repetitive motions such as chewing gum and grinding your teeth can cause tooth pain. If your bite is uneven or has been recently changed by a new crown or orthodontics, tooth pain may be the result. Most often toothaches are caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is usually easy to diagnose and treat.

Occasionally, it may be determined that you need a tooth extracted. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth is a serious event it can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Hendrickson or Dr. Le will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.

You should always see your dentist anytime you experience a dental pain or a toothache, as it may be a symptom of a serious problem or condition.