The primary cause of a toothache is tooth decay (a cavity). However, the origin of the pain may not be obvious. It is important for you to have a comprehensive oral examination to determine the cause.

The pain may be the result of many causes, including, but not limited to:

  • Deep cavities
  • Grinding (bruxism)
  • TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
  • Tooth Eruption (babies or children)
  • Broken or lost fillings or crowns
  • Food wedged in the gums or between teeth
  • Periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Abscess (dental infection)