Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?As anyone who has ever had a toothache knows, the sooner it can be relieved, the better. Sore or painful teeth are never normal and can be a warning that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are bothering you, it might be time to schedule an appointment to see your dentist. He or she can then do a comprehensive examination and answer the nagging question that you have: “Why are my teeth hurting me?” Integrated Dental Arts, a respected dental provider of Greeley, CO would like to explain a few of the most common reasons.

Cavity Causing Tooth Pain

A cavity is a hole that has formed in your tooth when bacteria that eat plaque — a combination of saliva and food particles — dissolve your enamel as well. These bacteria live in our mouths naturally because it is warm and wet and are usually harmless but if you don’t brush and floss regularly, the plaque that they eat will spread and they will reproduce and attack your enamel. Their digestive acids create weak spots which eventually become cavities. When the inside of the tooth is exposed sensitivity or even pain is the result. Your dentist can most easily treat cavities when they are still small.

Damaged or Lost Filling

Contrary to popular belief, fillings do not last forever.  Sometimes they can be damaged or fall out, which can re-expose the nerves in your teeth or create issues with your bite, leading to pain. A dental examination can determine what needs to be done to eliminate the pain.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ

If you often awaken with a sore jaw or notice yourself bearing down on your teeth during the day, it is very likely that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the night. Integrated Dental Arts can offer solutions that can protect your teeth from excessive wear and tear and the painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain that can come with a teeth grinding habit or a TMJ disorder.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a serious infection in the root of a tooth. They can be extremely painful and can only be resolved with antibiotics and dental treatment, usually with a root canal. Failure to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection, putting your overall health at risk.

Wisdom Teeth Coming In

When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Your dentist can determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.


Teeth are strong but they can still be injured in activities such as contact sports or in an accident. Tooth injuries commonly present as a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.

Temperature Sensitivity

When the under-layer of the tooth enamel, called the dentin, is exposed due to cavities or cracks in your outer tooth enamel or the recession of your gum tissue — usually due to gum disease — your teeth can become sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.

Orthodontic Treatment

When you have your braces adjusted, it is normal to experience some level of tooth pain. Using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax to smooth sharp edges should help.

Teeth Whitening

Most people will feel some discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should resolve within a day. Talk to your dentist if it is too painful or problematic.

Relieve Tooth Pain in Greeley, CO

No matter what the reason, we understand that tooth pain can be miserable to live with, so stop asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment online or call Integrate Dental Arts at 970.281.5972. Most dental offices have specific appointments available for dental emergencies to help relieve your pain as quickly as possible.