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Why Does My Tooth Hurt? 5 Possible Answers

If tooth or gum pain is plaguing you, contact your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. In this post, our Rockland dentists explain some possible reasons for your pain and what you can do until you get to the dentist.

What causes tooth pain & gum pain?

You should always have a dentist identify the underlying cause of the toothache as soon as possible, regardless of how severe the pain is. Most of the time, toothaches and discomfort can be avoided with a strict oral hygiene regimen. The following are just a few of the many potential causes of tooth or gum pain:

Cavity/Tooth Decay

Though cavities often happen gradually, pain can occur suddenly. This should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent an infection takes hold.

Grinding, Trauma or Injury

A fractured or damaged tooth can be extremely painful; don't ignore it. This is true whether you grind your teeth while you sleep and gradually wear them down, or you suffer an injury in a more direct way, like while playing sports. Your dentist might suggest a filling, a crown, or bonding as a course of treatment.

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

Wisdom Teeth

Because they press against neighbouring teeth or because of infection, impacted wisdom teeth frequently cause significant pain. If there isn't enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, impacted wisdom teeth can also cause crowding and tooth damage.

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.

Gum Disease

An early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can progress to a moderate or severe condition. When gingivitis is still in its early stages, your dentist might recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves removing plaque accumulation 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.

A problem that is causing your tooth pain occasionally may not even be inside your mouth. A toothache-like set of symptoms can also be brought on by viral or sinus infections, vitamin deficiencies, headaches, or colds.

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 to relieve tooth pain, the first and most obvious answer is to make an appointment with your dentist so that the issue can be diagnosed and treated.

You can try a few natural tooth pain relief methods in the interim. To relieve discomfort and inflammation, use an ice pack or an over-the-counter painkiller. In some circumstances, rinsing with salt water can also aid in calming and relieving tooth pain.

If you are experiencing toothaches or gum pain contact our Rockland dentists to book an appointment today.

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