Causes for Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is no joy. It is even worse when you don’t know why your tooth hurts. Your tooth could be sensitive to sweet or sour, to hot or cold, or to biting or chewing. Some tooth pain is sharp and sometimes it is a dull ache.

Most Common Causes for Tooth Pain

Some common reasons
you might have tooth pain:

  • tooth decay
  • abscess
  • broken or cracked teeth
  • gum disease
  • sensitive teeth

And finally, sometimes
the pain is not coming from your teeth at all.

Tooth Decay

decay is when the enamel on the surface of your tooth erodes away
causing a cavity. Plaque sticks onto your tooth enamel while feeding
on sugar and starch from your food. That forms an acid which then
eats at your teeth, so you get holes and weak spots. As it gets
closer to the middle of your tooth it starts to hurt.


An abscessed tooth is
infected. The bacteria build up inside, then tries draining out
through the root. Pressure as the pus tries to drain causes tooth
pain. It swells up and gets severe if it is not treated. An abscessed
tooth usually shows up clearly on an x-ray.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

You can weaken your
teeth just from chewing and biting normally. Most broken or cracked
teeth are as a result of biting down upon something hard like popcorn
kernels or ice. You certainly notice the pain from cracked or broken
teeth. It might hurt as you bite or chew. Pain sometimes surprises
you when you eat something hot or cold, or even sweet or sour.

Gum Disease

disease, or gingivitis
an infection in the gums surrounding your teeth. Eventually, the
infection causes deterioration of gum tissue and bone loss. The gums
detach from teeth, which forms pockets filled with bacteria. Plaque
then eats away at the roots for a whole chain reaction of tooth pain.

Sensitive Teeth

Specific teeth feel
sensitive to the cold of food, liquid and even air. This is simply
“sensitive teeth.” There are special toothpastes made for
sensitive teeth to alleviate some symptoms.

Always check with your
dentist about any tooth pain.

When It Isn’t Tooth Pain

Some sinus infections
can mimic tooth pain. Upper jaw pain that seems like it comes from
several different teeth at once, could be a sinus infection. Any
pressure from the sinuses could affect the upper teeth. Taking a mild
decongestant may alleviate symptoms.

Tooth pain will get worse if you just “let it be”. Teeth don’t heal on their own. Talk to the professionals at Brandon Dental Care to see what the next step is to eliminate your tooth pain. Don’t suffer one more minute. Call now.