Anybody who’s ever experienced dental pain knows that the sooner it can be relieved, the better. It is unnatural that your teeth should hurt you so this pain can indicate a serious problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are hurting you, it is always a good idea to quickly see your Integrated Dental Arts dentist in Greeley CO. Dr. Melvin Benson or Jacob Dunham can then do a thorough examination and answer the frustrating question you might have, Why do my teeth hurt?
9 Common Reasons for Tooth Pain
- Cavity: A cavity is hole in your tooth enamel caused by decay brought about by bacteria feeding. Cavities expose the nerves of your teeth, creating temperature sensitivity and tooth pain. Cavities can usually be easily treated when they are still small and the tooth can still be saved.
- Abscessed Tooth: An abscess is an infection in the root of your tooth that forms from bacteria entering through cracks in your tooth. It is extremely painful and only a dentist can resolve it by prescribing antibiotics and a root canal therapy. Delaying treatment of an abscess can lead to a widespread infection in other parts of your body, even vital organs.
- Damaged or Lost Filling: Sometimes a filling may fall out or be damaged, which can cause issues with your bite, leading to sensitivity or pain. A visit to your IDA dentist can determine what needs to be done to eliminate the pain.
- Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: If you wake up with a sore jaw, this is an indicator that you likely are clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Your IDA dentist can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.
- Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth erupt, it can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Your IDA dentist can determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.
- Temperature Sensitivity: When the dentin- the underlying layer of the tooth- is exposed by chips or cracks in the enamel or by gum recession, your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or both.
- Injury: Injuries to teeth by such things as contact sports or an accident can show as a variety of symptoms including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.
- Orthodontic Treatment: When braces or headgear are adjusted by the orthodontist, it is common for the patient to experience some level of pain. This is not unusual and using an over-the-counter pain medication, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a bit of dental wax to coat wires should help.
- Teeth Whitening: Many people will experience some pain or discomfort after receiving a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should pass within a day. Talk to your IDA dentist if it is too painful or problematic.
No matter what the cause, we know tooth pain can be miserable, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment online with your IDA dentist today, or call our scheduling specialist at 970.281.5972. Dr. Benson or Dr. Dunham will identify the underlying problem and do their best to help you find relief, fast.