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Why Does My Tooth Hurt? 5 Possible Answers


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Posted May 7th, 2021 in Diagnostics, Emergency Dental Services, General Dentistry Services, News, Patient Care / Support, Preventive Dental Hygiene

Why Does My Tooth Hurt? 5 Possible Answers

If you are experiencing gum or tooth pain, you should contact a dentist as soon as possible. Here, we explain some of the possible reasons for your pain and what steps you can take until you see a dentist.

What causes tooth pain & gum pain?

Whether your toothache pain is severe or minor, you should have a dentist diagnose it as soon as possible. In most cases, good oral hygiene will prevent toothaches and discomfort. However, there are many potential factors which can cause tooth or gum pain.

Cavity/Tooth Decay

Cavities often occur gradually, however the pain can start suddenly. Have a cavity treated as soon as possible to prevent infections.

Grinding, Trauma or Injury

Don't ignore tooth damage, whether it is caused by sudden injury or gradual grinding in your sleep. Your dentist may recommend treatment with a crown, filling or dental bonding.

Grinding your teeth may also cause sensitivity issues. Ask your dentist for tips on how to break this harmful habit.

Wisdom Teeth

When your wisdom teeth become impacted, they will often become painful because of infection or pressure placed on surrounding teeth. They can also cause issues like crowding or tooth damage if there isn't enough space for them in your mouth.

Abscessed Tooth

Bacterial infections can cause the presence of pus-fill pockets in your mouth. They cause painful sensitivity, but can also become life-threatening.

Gum Disease

Gum disease can range from early stages (gingivitis) to moderate and severe, In its early stages, your dentist may treat your gum disease with scaling and root planing procedures. For more urgent care, you may require root canals, surgery or antibiotics.

Other Potential Causes

While some people experience sensitivity in their teeth, that doesn't necessarily mean there is a serious problem. Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth may help you, as will avoiding very hot or cold food and drinks.

If you notice sensitivity lasting more than a couple days, this is a cause for more concern and you should see a dentist. 

Sometimes, the issue causing your tooth pain isn't in your mouth. Sinus infections, vitamin deficiencies, colds and headaches may cause similar symptoms to a toothache. However, most dental pain won't go away on its own and should be seen by a dentist.

What Helps Tooth Pain?

Wondering how to relieve tooth pain? The first answer is book an appointment with your dentist for diagnosis and treatment.

Until then, there are some home remedies you can try. An ice pack or taking over-the-counter pain medication can reduce inflammation and discomfort. A saltwater rinse may also alleviate some pain.

Are you experiencing toothaches and gum pain?

A dentist will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and treatment to alleviate your discomfort.

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