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7 Possible Reasons for Tooth Pain

TMJ Therapy, Virginia Beach, VAThe sooner tooth pain can be relieved, the better. Pain is the body’s way of alerting you to a problem somewhere nearby, and you don’t have to deal with it alone. If your teeth hurt, it is always a good idea to see your dentist so they can do a thorough examination and help figure out why you’re having pain. Dr. Cappy Sinclair is a Virginia Beach, VA dentist who can help you relieve tooth pain, so while you’re waiting for your appointment, here are the most common reasons for dental pain.

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.

Abscessed Tooth

A tooth abscess forms when there is an infection at the tooth’s roots. It is extremely painful and only a dentist visit can help so antibiotics can be administered and the tooth treated. Failure to address it can lead to a widespread infection.

Cavity Causing Tooth Pain

A cavity is simply decay in your tooth due to bacteria. It can create sensitivity that results in tooth pain. Cavities are easiest to manage when they are small and the tooth can be saved.

Damaged or Lost Filling. Sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, which will cause issues with your bite, leading to pain. A visit to your dentist can determine what needs to be done to eliminate the pain.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ

You may find yourself bearing down on your teeth during the day, or wake up with a sore jaw, which is a good indication you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Injury

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.

Orthodontic Treatment

When you have your braces adjusted, you are likely to experience some level of tooth pain. This is normal and using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax should do the trick.

Teeth Whitening

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 Virginia Beach

No matter what the reason, we know tooth pain can be miserable, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sinclair today, or call our scheduling specialist on (757) 453-7657. Most dentists have specific appointments available for dental emergencies, especially when you are experiencing pain. They will identify the underlying problem and help you find relief, fast.