Almost all tooth pain is caused by some sort of inflammation to the tooth’s pulp, the central portion of the tooth that contains many highly sensitive nerve endings. When the tooth pulp becomes inflamed, these nerve endings send pain signals that result in varying levels of discomfort that we know as toothaches.
Inflammation to the tooth’s pulp can be caused by trauma, tooth decay, or infection and if you suffer from lingering dental pain, it is important that you see a dentist before the problem gets much worse.
Cracked and broken teeth can be extremely painful and can be caused by something as small as chewing on a piece of ice or biting down hard while playing a sport. Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is the largest cause of cracked teeth.
Symptoms of a cracked or broken tooth may be as mild as sensitivity to cold on a single tooth, a dull aching sensation that lingers or a pain on a certain tooth when chewing certain kinds of foods. A classic sign of a cracked tooth is a sharp pain when you bite down or release.
Gum disease, often called periodontal disease, is an infection in your gums that over time destroys bone and gum tissue in your mouth. It is estimated that up to 80% of adults in the United States suffer from gum disease.
However, gum disease can be both treated and prevented. Ask Dr. Miller about gum (periodontal) disease treatment options today.
Tooth decay is caused when some of the bacteria in your mouth is left too long and begins forming enough acid to dissolve and break down your teeth. If left long enough, the decay can infect the pulp and nerve within the tooth. Symptoms range from nonexistent, to mild or severe pain.
Cavities often result from tooth decay and may cause lingering dental pain and discomfort. Cavities are small holes that form on the outside of your teeth from bacteria in your mouth and while sometimes don’t cause pain, often they can make it difficult to eat or do everyday tasks. Learn about our cavity diagnosis and treatment options.