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Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Potential Causes Of Toothaches Are Not Always A CavityWhenever you experience tooth pain you know that the sooner it can be relieved, the better. Your teeth should not hurt you so this pain can indicate a serious problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are hurting you, it is always a good idea to quickly see Dr. Donald Reid at Dental Artistry in Truckee CA. Dr. Reid can then do a thorough examination and answer the frustrating question you might have, Why do my teeth hurt?  It can be a myriad of reasons, but here are nine of the most common:

  • Cavity: A cavity is decay in your tooth enamel caused by bacteria feeding. Cavities expose the nerves of your teeth, creating sensitivity and tooth pain. Cavities are most easily treated when they are still small and the tooth can still be saved.
  • Damaged or Lost Filling: On occasion, a filling may fall out or be damaged, which can cause issues with your bite, leading to sensitivity or pain. A visit to Dr. Reid can determine what needs to be done to eliminate the pain.
  • Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: If you wake up with a sore jaw, this is a sign that you likely are clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Dr. Reid can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.
  • Abscessed Tooth:  An abscess is an infection in the root of your tooth that forms from bacteria gaining access to the inside of your tooth. It is extremely painful and only a dentist visit can resolve it by prescribing antibiotics and treating it, usually with a root canal therapy. Failing to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection in other parts of your body, even vital organs such as the heart or brain.
  • Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Dr. Reid can determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.
  • Injury: Injury to teeth by such things as contact sports or an accident can manifest as a variety of symptoms including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.
  • Temperature Sensitivity: When the dentin- the underlying layer of the tooth- is exposed by cracks in the enamel or by the recession of the gums, your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or both.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: When braces or headgear are adjusted, it is common to experience some level of tooth pain. This is not unusual and using an over-the-counter pain medication, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a bit of dental wax to coat the offending wire should help.
  • Teeth Whitening: Many people will experience some discomfort after undergoing a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should pass within a day. Talk to Dr. Reid if it is too painful or problematic.

No matter what the cause, we know tooth pain can be miserable, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment online with your Dr. Reid at Dental Artistry today, or call our scheduling specialist at (530) 206-0392. Dr. Reid will identify the underlying problem and do his best to help you find relief, fast.