There are a number of oral issues that can result in tooth aches and pains. Here are a few common causes of tooth pain and their treatment options.
Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in your mouth create acid, wearing away your teeth and damaging them. Although tooth decay might not hurt in its early stages, a cavity can cause tenderness or swelling near the area. Your dentist can treat tooth decay by replacing decayed areas of the tooth with fillings.
Grinding your teeth, often at night and almost always subconsciously, can cause pain in your neck, head, and jaw. The grinding puts pressure on your jawbone and the muscles needed to clench your jaw, and this tension can cause aches and pains when you wake up. Teeth grinding can be treated by wearing a mouthguard at night or by reducing the stressors that cause the grinding to begin with.
You may not necessarily notice if a tooth has broken or cracked, but this type of damage can cause tooth pain and sensitivity. If a tooth has been badly broken it might even leave the root exposed, which would be very tender. Depending on the severity of the crack or break, your dentist may recommend veneers, dental bonding, or crowns to repair it.
If your gums are receding due to periodontal disease or other causes, you may notice increased sensitivity on the newly-exposed areas of your tooth. This can be reversed through a gum grafting procedure.
An abscessed tooth occurs when the root of a tooth becomes infected. When this happens, a root canal is usually the only way to cure it. The root is cleared away and the tooth is filled with a putty-like material before being topped with a crown. This restores strength and function to the tooth while eliminating pain.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain that won’t go away, call our office to make an appointment with one of our dentists today.