Tooth pain is always unpleasant and it’s one of the main reasons why you should maintain good oral hygiene — because you want to avoid problems with your teeth. One or more teeth that are giving your problems are a good reason to schedule a checkup. We put together a list of some of the most common causes of tooth pain here.
A cavity, otherwise known as tooth decay, is the most frequent cause of tooth pain. If a tooth decays until it reaches the dentin, the inner layer that shields the nerves in a tooth, pain can set in. Pain from a cavity will start out as a dull ache and will progress to a very sharp pain if the decay reaches the center of the tooth. Needless to say, it’s time for a trip to the dentist to get the cavity repaired if it is causing you pain.
Although it is less common than tooth decay, an abscessed tooth is much more painful. In this situation, the tooth decay has reached the root of a tooth. This can lead to an infection in the root and in the surrounding gum tissue. The pain can be so widespread that you might not even be able to tell which tooth is the source of the pain. A tooth abscess should be dealt with before it can lead to bone and tissue loss.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Damaging or chipping a tooth can lead to intense pain if the chip exposes the tooth’s nerve endings. If you break or chip a tooth through a fall, a sports accident or even by biting down on something hard, you should seek out dental care as soon as possible to have it dealt with. Tooth pain might not materialize right away, but it will set in eventually if a chip is allowed to progress and decay the tooth even further.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain for any reason, it’s a good idea to schedule a check up with Loveland Dental Group. Call us at (704) 312-8889 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.