Tooth Pain

Many people who’ve experienced tooth pain know how uncomfortable it can be. However, not all tooth pain is excruciating. While some types of tooth pain are mild, others are ruthless and can signal that there’s something in the body that needs attention and correction. Here are some of the most common causes for tooth pain.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, which is one of the primary reasons for tooth pain, can range from mild to severe. For example, tooth pain can be caused by cavities that pierce through tooth enamel, as well as the dentin that lies under the enamel, creating pain.

A tooth abscess, which involves an infected nerve and pulp on the interior of the tooth, is even more painful. This type of throbbing pain can be extremely agonizing and persistent, requiring the immediate care of a dentist or endodontist. While waiting for your appointment, take over-the-counter pain killers.

Tooth Sensitivity

If drinking or eating cold or hot beverages or foods gives you a sharp pain, it could imply having a small cavity. On the other hand, the pain could be caused from receding gums, a loose filling or from a loss of tooth enamel.

To relieve sensitivity, use toothpastes formulated for sensitive teeth, along with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush your teeth sideways to prevent contacting exposed root surfaces. Be sure to see your dentist if this doesn’t bring improve sensitivity so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated.

Considerations and Warnings

  • Tooth damage, such as chipped or fractured teeth as the result of trauma, can result in tooth pain. Also, dental filings that are damaged or broken can cause tooth pain.
  • In some cases, tooth pain isn’t related to dental problems at all. Examples of non-dental tooth pain include those such as sinus infections, diabetes, nerve diseases, cluster headaches and viral infections.
  • Even a deficiency in vitamin B12 can be linked with tooth pain.
  • When tooth pain feels more like jaw pain, the cause may be result of tempormandicular disorders due to jaw trauma, a direct injury, bruxism (tooth grinding) or even from cancer or arthritis that affects the jaw.
  • Sometimes, impacted molars can cause jaw pain from wisdom teeth that need removing.

Even if you have only minor tooth pain, it’s still best to consult your dentist, especially if you’re unsure of what’s causing your discomfort. You don’t want to wait until the pain intensifies. Don’t hesitate to call AT Dental. For over 35 years, we’ve been providing a full range of dental services to the Joliet community. Please contact us for all your dental needs.

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