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Why Does My Tooth Hurt? 5 Possible Answers

Posted Sep 29th, 2021 in General

If you are suffering from tooth or gum pain, contact your dentist right away to schedule an appointment. Today, our dentists in Port Moody list some potential reasons for your pain and what you can do until you get to the dentist. 

What are common causes of tooth and gum pain?

Whether your toothache pain is minor or severe, a dentist should always be consulted so the underlying cause can be diagnosed as soon as possible. In most cases, a rigorous at-home oral hygiene routine will prevent discomfort or toothaches. That said, tooth or gum pain can be caused by many potential factors, including the following:

Cavity/Tooth Decay

While cavities often occur gradually, pain can come on suddenly. A cavity or tooth decay should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent an infection from developing. 

Grinding, Trauma or Injury

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep, or have they gradually worn down? Perhaps you've sustained a more immediate injury, for example while playing sports. No matter the incident, a damaged or fractured tooth can be very painful and shouldn't be ignored. Your dentist may recommend having it treated with a filling, bonding or crown. 

Grinding can also lead to tooth sensitivity issues. Ask your dentist on how you can break this harmful habit.

Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth become impacted, they often become quite painful due to the pressure the inflict on the surrounding teeth, or infection. Impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to secondary issues including tooth damage and crowding if there isn’t enough space for them to erupt properly.

Abscessed Tooth

Bacterial infections may lead to pockets filled with pus. This not only creates painful sensitivity, but can also develop into a more serious, or even life-threatening, condition.

Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can range from early stage (gingivitis) to moderate and severe. In the early stages, your dentist may treat your gingivitis with a procedure called scaling and root planing – the process of removing plaque buildup from the gum line.

For a more urgent case that’s progressed to severe gum disease, you may need a root canal, antibiotics, and/or surgery.

Other Potential Causes

We should note that some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity, which doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem.

Using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth may help. You should also attempt to avoid eating extremely hot or cold food and drinks until the sensitivity goes away.

If you notice ongoing sensitivity (for more than a couple of days), this may be cause for more serious concern, such as gum recession, and you should see your dentist.

There are also times the issue that’s causing your tooth pain may lie outside your mouth. Viral or sinus infections, vitamin deficiencies, headaches or colds may cause symptoms similar to what you might feel with a toothache.

However, it’s still worth it to schedule an appointment with your dentist as ignoring or misdiagnosing the pain yourself could lead to serious issues. Most dental pain won’t stop on its own and should be assessed by your dentist.

What Helps Tooth Pain?

If you are wondering how to relieve tooth pain, the first and most obvious answer is to make an appointment with your dentist so that the issue can be diagnosed and treated.

In the meantime, there are a few home remedies for tooth pain you can try. Apply an ice pack or taking an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, a saltwater rinse can also help soothe and relieve tooth pain.

If you are experiencing toothaches or gum pain contact our Port Moody dentists to book an appointment today.

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