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5 Reasons Why Your Tooth Might Hurt

There are a lot of reasons why your teeth might hurt. Our Bowmanville dentists are here to discuss 5 common causes of tooth pain, what you can do at home and when to speak to your dentist.

What Are The 5 Common Causes Of Tooth Pain

No matter how severe or mild your tooth pain is, you should always seek a diagnosis from your dentist because there could be underlying causes that need to be addressed. In most cases, a rigorous oral hygiene routine will prevent toothaches or discomfort. However, many potential factors can cause tooth or gum pain, including the following.

1. Cavity/Tooth Decay

Cavities tend to develop slowly, but pain can occur very suddenly. This should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent an infection takes hold.

2. Grinding, Trauma or Injury

Whether you grind your teeth in your sleep and gradually wear them down, or you sustain an injury in some more immediate way, for instance while playing sports, a fractured or damaged tooth can be very painful – don’t ignore it. Your dentist may recommend treating it with a filling, crown or bonding.

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

3. Wisdom Teeth

For most people, wisdom teeth can cause issues when they start to grow in. Impacted wisdom teeth can become quite painful because of the pressure they add to the surrounding teeth. THey can even cause infections that can get quite painful. Impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to secondary issues including tooth damage and crowding if there isn’t enough space for them to erupt properly.

4. Abscessed Tooth

Bacterial infections may lead to pockets filled with pus. This not only creates painful sensitivity, but can also develop into a more serious, or even life-threatening, condition.

5. Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can range from early stage (gingivitis) to moderate and severe. In the early stages, your dentist may treat your gingivitis with a procedure called scaling and root planing – the process of removing plaque buildup from the gum line.

For a more urgent case that’s progressed to severe gum disease, you may need a root canal, antibiotics, and/or surgery.

Other Potential Causes

We should note that some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity, which doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem.

Using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth may help. You should also attempt to avoid eating extremely hot or cold food and drinks until the sensitivity goes away.

If you notice ongoing sensitivity (for more than a couple of days), this may be cause for more serious concern, such as gum recession, and you should see your dentist.

There are also times the issue that’s causing your tooth pain may lie outside your mouth. Viral or sinus infections, vitamin deficiencies, headaches or colds may cause symptoms similar to what you might feel with a toothache.

However, it’s still worth it to schedule an appointment with your dentist as ignoring or misdiagnosing the pain yourself could lead to serious issues. Most dental pain won’t stop on its own and should be assessed by your dentist.

What Helps Tooth Pain?

If you are wondering how your tooth pain can be soothed, the most obvious answer is to make an appointment with your dentist to determine the underlying issues. 

In the meantime, there are a few home remedies for tooth pain you can try. Apply an ice pack or taking an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, a saltwater rinse can also help soothe and relieve tooth pain.

If your tooth hurts and you've tried everything at home to soothe the pain with no relief, contact our Bowmanville dentists today to book an examination.

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