Saturday, April 04, 2009
If I have pain from a tooth, does that mean I have a cavity?
Patients often report that the reason they have made an appointment is that they have pain from a tooth and they think that they may have a cavity. Although they percieve that tooth pain may indicate a possible cavity, more often this symptom has a different origin. Dentists must perform a thorough examination in order to accurately diagnose patients problems. Large cavities do often cause pain, but small ones usually provide few symptoms. Tooth pain can be caused by a number of possible causes including, cracks in the teeth, high bites, gum infections, herpetic infections, and sinusitis. If you are experiencing tooth pain a trip to the dentist is in order both to diagnose the problem and to suggest possible treatments!