causes a toothache

What Causes A Toothache?

Toothaches occur due to several reasons. Some are caused by fractures while others occur as a symptom of an underlying infection. But what exactly are the leading causes of toothaches? Here’s what you should know. 

Key takeaway:

  • Extreme tooth decay can cause cavities which may cause sharp, constant pain in and around your tooth.
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding can also cause severe toothaches if left untreated.
  • Gum disease can not only cause pain, but it can also increase sensitivity and result in loose teeth.

Contact your dentist today for help with your aching tooth.


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.