Causes for Dental Pain

Pain from toothacheAs everyone who has experienced tooth pain knows the sooner the pain goes away, the better. Dental pain is not normal and can be indicative of a serious problem that may need to be addressed. When your teeth are hurting you, you should see Dr. Christopher Paulson and Dr. Lindsay Holman at Arbor Dental Associates in Novi MI as quickly as possible. Your Arbor Dental Associates dentist can then do a thorough examination and answer the frustrating question you might have, Why do my teeth hurt?  There could be several reasons behind your pain, but these are the most common:

Cavity: A cavity is a hole in your teeth caused by collected bacteria eating away your enamel, exposing the nerves inside and leading to sensitivity and pain. Cavities are simplest for Dr. Paulson or Dr. Holman to treat when they are still small and the tooth can still be saved. Treatment most often involves placement of filling, usually made of metal or composite resin.

Damaged or Lost Filling: When a filling breaks apart or falls out, the cavity is exposed again, causing pain. A visit to Arbor Dental Associates can determine if this is the case and how to best treat it.

Temperature Sensitivity: If the dentin, also known as the underlying layer of your tooth, is exposed due to cracks in the tooth’s enamel or the recession of the gums, teeth can become sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.

Abscessed Tooth: An abscess is a serious infection caused by bacteria inside teeth or gum tissue.. Abscesses are extremely painful and must be treated by a medical professional with antibiotics. These will usually clear up the infection although other procedures such as a root canal may be necessary to prevent the infection recurring in the future. Permitting an abscess to be left untreated can lead to a widespread infection that can threaten your health or even your life.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth growing in can be very painful and include swelling, and stiffness of the jaw. However, if there isn’t enough room to grow in, your emerging wisdom teeth can bump up against your other molars causing severe pain and infections. Teeth colliding with other teeth as the grow in is called impaction. Dr. Paulson and Dr. Holman will be able to determine if the wisdom teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: You may that you bear down on your teeth during the day, or waking up with a sore jaw in the morning. If so, it is possible you are clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep without even realizing it. Your Arbor Dental Associates dentist can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Injuries: Teeth can be injured just like bones through playing contact sports or an accident and they need to be treated just as quickly. Injuries to your teeth can cause any number of dental problems including a “bruised” or deeply discolored tooth, a broken tooth, or loss of one or more teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment: Having braces adjusted can cause some pain as many of you know or you may have heard from your children. This pain is perfectly normal and will usually pass. An over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the braces’ hardware itself, a small bit of dental wax, both sold at your area drugstore, should reduce your discomfort.

Teeth Whitening: Most patients experience some discomfort or at least sensitivity for a day or so after undergoing a professional teeth-whitening treatment. Talk to Dr. Paulson and Dr. Holman if it becomes too painful or problematic.

No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be a miserable experience, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with Arbor Dental Associates online today, or call (248) 553-9393 to schedule. Dr. Paulson and Dr. Holman will do their best to get to bottom of the issue and help you find relief fast.

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