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Toothache: What causes this dental health problem?
Updated: 1/5/2009 8:00:24 PM

Toothache: What causes this dental health problem? Chances are, at one point or another you have experienced a pain inside your mouth that could be described as a toothache.

A toothache, although common, may be caused by several different conditions. One of the most common reasons for dental pain is a cavity, according to MedicineNet.com.

If a dentist discovers that the root of your pain is decay, they will likely give you a filling, but you may also need a crown or even a root canal.

Other common dental health reasons for a toothache include gum disease, teeth grinding, an accident that causes trauma, a misaligned bite, tooth eruption, tooth root sensitivity or a jaw problem.

When you visit the dentist to complain about toothache, they will conduct a complete dental checkup and oral examination to discover the location and cause of the problem.

They may also take an x-ray of your mouth to see if there is a cavity lurking between your teeth, an impacted tooth or an underlying bone problem, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

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