Anyone who has suffered dental pain knows the sooner it can be relieved, the better. Feeling pain in your teeth is not normal and can be a sign that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth hurt, it is always a good idea to quickly see Dr. Nish Patel of Manattee Advanced Dentistry in Bradenton, FL or your area dentist. They can then perform a thorough examination to help you figure out why your teeth hurt. It can be one of any number of reasons, but here are the most common:
Cavity Causing Tooth Pain
A cavity is simply a hole in your tooth enamel from decay from the digestive acids of bacteria living in your mouth. Exposing the inside of your tooth can cause sensitivity that results in tooth pain. Cavities are easiest to repair when they are still small and the tooth can be saved.
Damaged or Lost Filling
Despite what you may think, fillings are not permanent. They eventually need to be replaced and sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, which will cause issues with your bite, leading to pain. Dr. Patel or your local dentist can determine what needs to be done to relieve the pain.
Due to stress or an uneven bite, you may find yourself waking up with a sore jaw. These are signs that you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Dr. Patel or your dentist can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excessive wear and tear, as well as to prevent painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain that accompany these problems.
An abscess forms when a severe infection forms in the roots of your tooth. They are extremely painful and only a visit to your dentist can resolve as antibiotics need to be prescribed to treat the infection. Failure to address it can lead to the infection spreading to other parts of your body such as your heart or brain, endangering your health.
Wisdom Teeth Coming In
When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Your dentist can determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.
Injury caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can cause any number of problems including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.
When the dentin — the layer under the enamel of your teeth — is exposed due to cracks in the enamel or the recession of the gums, your teeth may become extra-sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.
When you have your braces adjusted per your treatment plan, you will most likely experience some level of tooth pain. This is normal and can usually be resolved using an over-the-counter pain medication or, if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax.
Most people will feel some discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should resolve within a day. Talk to your dentist if it is too painful or problematic.
Relieve Tooth Pain in Bradenton, FL
No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be miserable, so stop asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment online with Dr. Nish Patel at Manatee Advanced Dentistry, or call our scheduling specialist on 941.209.4315 today. Most dentists will open up their schedules for dental emergencies, especially if you are experiencing pain and they will help you find relief as soon as possible.