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Tooth pain can range from mild and fleeting to throbbing and constant but the mechanism behind what you’re feeling is often the same: the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of your affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and sending out a warning in the form of a disagreeable sensation that something’s not right.
When your teeth hurt, there can be many reasons for that mild or fleeting or throbbing and constant pain. Reasons such as the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of your affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and sending out warning signals in the form of an uncomfortable sensation that things aren’t going well.
Here are the top 10 reasons your teeth might be causing you discomfort:
Dental Caries (Cavity). Certain oral bacteria feed on food particles trapped in your mouth and produce acid that over time can eat through the protective tooth enamel into the sensitive dentin below.
Enamel Erosion. Acids in your diet and gastric acids from acid reflux (GERD) and vomiting can wear away tooth enamel.
Gum Recession. Gums can recede over time, exposing the sensitive tooth roots. Brushing too vigorously and/or using a toothbrush that’s too hard can contribute to gum recession.
Recent Dental Work. Dental work can inflame pulp tissues and cause temporary sensitivity that should subside as the pulp heals.
Loose, Old, or Lost Filling. Fillings seal off areas of past decay. If they don’t fit right or are dislodged, air, food particles and bacteria can infiltrate and irritate exposed nerve endings.
Chip, Crack or Fracture. Teeth may be weakened over time due to pressure caused by biting and chewing as well as teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching. What starts as thin lines in the enamel can evolve into chips, cracks and fractures that expose nerve endings.
Periodontal Disease. This is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth caused by a buildup of bacterial biofilm (plaque) along the gum line that triggers inflammation. In severe cases, the infection can travel to the end of a tooth root or through accessory canals and gain entrance into the dental pulp.
Abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection. It can occur at the base of the tooth root or in the space between the tooth and gum.
Tooth Grinding (bruxism)/Jaw Clenching. Referred to as parafunctional habits, these behaviors exert extreme stress on teeth and wear them down, causing increased tooth sensitivity and jaw soreness.
Referred Pain. Sometimes pain originating in another tooth or outside the dental area — sinus congestion or infection for example — may radiate around the mouth and give the impression of pain for a specific tooth.
As you can see, pain is a warning of all sorts of threats to your oral health. Call us so we can help you sort out the pain and get back to normal!
Ever wonder what people are talking about when they speak of certain terms? Here’s a list of the basics and their meanings! Now you’re in the loop.
Human Dentition – The teeth that are located in the upper and lower jaws are collectively referred to as the human dentition.
Maxillae – The upper jaw is known as the maxillae.
Maxillary Teeth – The teeth located in the maxillae form an arch and are referred to as maxillary teeth.
Mandible – The lower jaw is called the mandible.
Mandibular Teeth – The teeth located in the mandible are referred to as mandibular teeth. As humans, we have two sets of teeth during our lifetime.
Primary Dentition – The first set of teeth we get. These are often referred to as baby teeth. There are 20 teeth in the primary dentition.
Permanent Dentition – The second set of teeth we get. These are often referred to as adult teeth. There are 32 teeth in the permanent dentition. There are several terms that help to define locations on and around the teeth. These terms are used often to refer to specific areas of the mouth when describing conditions there.
Posterior – Towards the back of the mouth.
Anterior – Towards the front of the mouth
Mesial – Towards the midline of the mouth.
Distal – Away from the midline of the mouth
Buccal – Any area on the cheek side of the teethLingual – Any area on the tongue side of the teeth
Facial – Any area on the cheek or lip side of the teeth. Is often used interchangeably with buccal but mostly in the anterior portion of the mouth.
Palatal – Any area on the tongue side of the maxillary teeth
Occlusal – Any area on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.
Incisal – Any area on the biting surfaces of the front teeth.