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I Have Tooth Pain But No Cavity. Is this Normal?

When someone experiences tooth pain, they usually think it’s associated with having a cavity. And while that’s true for a lot of patients, others experience tooth pain for a variety of other reasons. Below are three other reasons as to why your teeth are painful.

Gum Recession

Gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity and pain as well. Over time. gum recession causes enamel erosion at the gum line, which can make eating and drinking painful. The pain from gum recession can also mimic the pain that stems from having a cavity. If left untreated, gum recession may even cause permanent damage to the tooth and underlying dental structures.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause toothaches. As wisdom teeth try to erupt through the gum, there might not be enough room for them to come through completely. This can cause them to become impacted and cause pain.


This happens when there there is overcrowding in the mouth. The pain from impacted wisdom teeth varies between patients. Some patients experience severe tooth pain while others only complain of a dull, constant ache.

Dental Abscess

Most patients associate a dental abscess with having deep cavities. However, it’s possible to develop a dental abscess and not have a cavity. Poor oral hygiene allows food debris to settle in between the teeth, which can cause infection. That’s why our dentists also offer advice and demonstrate proper brushing techniques to ensure you’re brushing your teeth the right way to avoid developing an abscess.

Sinus Infections

Allergies and sinus infections can also cause tooth pain. Sinus pressure can make it feel like the pain is coming from your mouth, when in reality, it stems from your sinus passages. If you suffer from recurrent sinus infections, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures, like keeping your nasal passages clear, to prevent tooth pain.


Having a toothache without a cavity does happen. However, when symptoms don’t respond to treatment, you need proper diagnosis. If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain that’s not from a cavity, contact our office today. One of our experienced staff members will be happy to assist you in making an appointment or simply providing additional information about dental pain.

Need to Contact Our Office?

Knowing these signs can help you decide if you need to contact a dentist. We always tell patients to never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help, and a cavity should never be left untreated.

If you have tooth pain and need to schedule an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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