If you have a chronic toothache, you may be worried that something is seriously wrong with your teeth. Most people assume that their toothache is being caused by a cavity. Thankfully, this is not always the case. In order to better understand what can cause a toothache, it’s important to first understand the anatomy of a tooth.

Underneath the outer enamel layer of your teeth is another hard layer called dentin. Dentin is a strong substance, but it is made up of thousands of tiny, microscopic pores. If the dentin of your teeth is exposed because the enamel has worn off in certain places, you may experience over-sensitivity to cold, heat, sweets, and other triggers.

Teeth can also hurt if they have suffered an injury, or if they are infected (in which case a root canal may be necessary). Additionally, if you grind your teeth at night because of stress or TMD/TMJ, you may benefit from a neuromuscular dentistry examination. Many people suffer jaw pain because of a misaligned bite. No matter what may be causing your toothache, our experienced Glendale dentist Dr. Wilcox can help you diagnose the source of your pain and effectively treat it.

If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Glendale, Arizona and need help with a toothache, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule an initial consultation with our Glendale dentistry team.

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