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Why Does My Tooth Hurt? 5 Possible Answers

Tooth or gum pain can severely impact your day-to-day life. Today, our Windsor dentists share some possible causes of tooth and gum pain and how it can be managed and treated.

Causes of Tooth & Gum Pain

Regardless of the severity of your tooth pain, you should always have a dentist diagnose its underlying right away. In most cases, a thorough oral hygiene routine will prevent toothaches or discomfort. However, there are a variety of other possible factors including the following:

Cavity/Tooth Decay

Although cavities often happen gradually, pain can suddenly occur at any time. Cavities should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent infection.

Grinding, Trauma, or Injury

Whether you grind your teeth in your sleep and gradually wear them down, or you sustain an injury in some more immediate way, for instance, while playing sports, a fractured or damaged tooth can be very painful – don’t ignore it. Your dentist may recommend treating it with a filling, crown or bonding.

Grinding may also cause tooth sensitivity issues. Ask your dentist for tips on how to break this harmful habit.

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.

Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth become impacted, they often become quite painful due to the pressure they 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.

Other Possible Causes

Some people will 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 subsides.

Persistent sensitivity (for more than a couple of days) may be a sign of a more serious concern, such as gum recession, and a trip to the dentist is necessary.

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.

Managing Your 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 take 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.

Have you been experiencing toothaches or gum pain? Contact our Windsor dentists to book an appointment.

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