Health and Fitness

Causes Of Tooth Pain: Sometimes It’s Not Even Really The Tooth That Is The Problem

I am confident to say that everyone has had some sort of tooth pain in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the pain usually requires a visit to the dentist for treatment.

There can be several reasons for tooth pain. Some more serious than others. Here is a list of symptoms and possible causes and treatments for toothe pain.

  1. Momentary sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks-This can be due to a loose filling, tooth decay, a crack or fracture of the tooth or gum recession that has caused roots to become exposed. It could also be that you simply have sensitive teeth, changing to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help somewhat. You may need to see a dentist to be sure of the cause of pain. (If you have had recent dental work it could be the cause of your pain. If it does not go away within seven days, contact your dentist.)
  2. A dull ache near the tooth or sensitivity when biting-This could be caused because the pulp tissue in the tooth is inflamed. An x-ray can tell you for certain.
  3. A sharp pain when biting down-Can be caused by a fractured tooth, decay or a loose filling. Again, you will need an x-ray to be sure.
  4. Constant and severe pain with pressure, including swelling and of the gum and sensitivity to touch-It is possible the root has become abcessed and caused the surrounding bone to become infected. Only a dentist can fix this problem by either doing a root canal or extracting the tooth.
  5. A boil that may or may not pop-Could be a gum abcess or an endontonic problem, see your dentist for an accurate diagnosis.
  6. A dull ache and pressure in your upper teeth and jaw-This can be caused from a sinus infection such as sinusitis or simply from grinding your teeth in your sleep. If you have other symptoms leading you to think it could be a sinus problem, you should see your family doctor.
  7. Pain that originates from the back of the row of teeth-Even though your wisdom teeth have remained impacted (imbedded beneath the skin) they can still cause severe pain. Sometimes a small cut, maybe from something hard you ate, can cause an infection. If you still have not had your wisdom teeth removed, you may want to talk to your dentist about doing so to ward off possible problems.

Sometimes you may have pain that you think is in your tooth but in reality it is actually your jaw that hurts. This could be due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder which is usually caused by clenching your teeth, arthritis or an injury. It may also be difficult to open your mouth. If you have this type of pain you should see your doctor to seek out a cause and cure.

Another more serious cause of pain in a tooth that actually originates from the jaw is angina, a heart attack or even a nerve disorder.

You should thoroughly evaluate your pain and it’s origin to be sure it is your tooth and not a more serious health condition. If you are unsure, see your family physician as soon as it is possible to do so.

All said and done, it is wise to get a routine check up with your dentist done at regular intervals as that will help in maintaining your teeth in good shape. Also, attending dental convention is not so bad either.

Liam Rubin is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Cambodia. He is currently the managing editor of T3 Licensing and a freelance writer.