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Severe Tooth Ache: Causes part I

Severe Tooth Ache Causes

Severe tooth aches can be debilitating and render you incapable of eating and sleeping.  If you are having a severe tooth ache or jaw ache, it can be difficult to pin point exactly what is causing it.  The symptoms you experience can help identify the cause.  It is important to know what is causing the tooth ache because the treatment will depend upon its origin.  This posting will outline some of the causes of a severe tooth ache.

There are several things that can cause a severe tooth ache:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth abscess
  • Periodontal infection
  • Cracked tooth
  • Clenching & grinding
  • Wisdom teeth

The most common cause of a severe tooth ache is a cavity or tooth decay.  The second most common cause of a severe tooth ache is gum disease or a gum infection around a tooth.  It is also important to note that severe tooth aches may be unrelated to a dental problem. 

Here are some other less common non-dental causes of severe tooth aches:

  • Heart disease
  • Angina
  • Heart attack
  • Sinus infection
  • Ear infection
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Cancer