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Tooth Pain or Sensitivity!! Whats causing it?

If you have tooth pain, you can use the chart below to give you some idea as to what the source of the pain might be. Bear in mind, though, that the intention of this chart is not to diagnose your pain; only our dentist can do that.

When you contact your dentist regarding your tooth pain, it’s important that you be as thorough as you can in your explanation of the pain—how severe it is, when you feel it, where it’s located, and whether any conditions make it better or worse. That way, we can suggest some pain relieving tips till you make a visit.


Symptom

You feel a sharp pain when you bite down.

Cause

Decay, a cracked tooth, or a loose filling can cause sharp pain in your tooth when you bite. You could also have a dental infection inside the pulp layer of your tooth; this is where the nerve exists.

Solution

A dentist should evaluate the tooth that’s causing your discomfort to determine the source of the pain. If you have an infection within the pulp of your tooth, you will need root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and seal off the space to prevent further infection.


Symptom

You have severe pain, pressure and swelling in your mouth that does not go away.

Cause

Decay, a cracked tooth, or a loose filling can cause sharp pain in your tooth when you bite. You could also have a dental infection inside the pulp layer of your tooth; this is where the nerve exists.

Solution

A dentist should evaluate the tooth that’s causing your discomfort to determine the source of the pain. If you have an infection within the pulp of your tooth, you will need root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and seal off the space to prevent further infection.


Symptom

Your upper teeth and jaw ache, but the pain is not sharp or severe.

Cause

You may have a sinus headache or a sinus infection. Sinus pain can “travel” to the upper jaw because of its proximity to the sinus cavity.

Also, grinding your teeth (a condition called bruxism) can also cause a dull ache in the upper jaw, due to pressure on the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ).

Solution

Your physician can determine if the pain you are feeling is from a sinus infection, and can prescribe medication, if necessary. Over-the-counter pain relievers and sinus medications often are very effective in reducing sinus pain.


Symptom

You suddenly feel some discomfort in your teeth when they’re exposed to heat or cold, but then it goes away.

Cause

Slight sensitivity that only lasts a few moments usually means you have a loose filling, or a portion of your gums is pulling away slightly from your tooth, exposing a bit of the root surface. An exposed root surface usually results in tooth sensitivity.

Solution

You can try a toothpaste that is created especially for use on sensitive teeth; allow a week or two for it to begin easing the sensitivity. Also, be sure to use a soft toothbrush, and brush up and down in little circles to avoid damaging your gums. If you make these changes in your oral hygiene routine and the sensitivity persists, contact your dentist for an appointment.

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