Tooth pain: Here are 5 reasons your teeth hurt, except a cavity
There is nothing that bothers you more or is borderline debilitating than tooth pain. Other than the peeving pain comes the horrifying reality that in the near future you will have to visit the dentist! The mere thought of novocaine, those sharp instruments, a root canal and a three-day recovery process is absolutely daunting! On the bright side though, you can take off work, pick out your Netflix cue, lie in bed all day and eat ice creams for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Before you jump with joy, it’s important to find out the reasons why your tooth hurts. Other than a cavity, a toothache or pain can be an outcome of a countless number of reasons. This is why, a person should be discerning and pay attention to the type of pain it is, when it’s happening and where it comes from.
Before unnecessary anxiety dawns on you, we have pinpointed few reasons for discomfort other than a cavity:
- Tooth Sensitivity – If you experience sharp pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods, it may possibly mean that you have a cavity. However, if you have sensitive teeth, it’s not necessarily due to a cavity. Receding gums or thinning of the tooth’s enamel could also result in sensitivity. Here is a link to an article about ‘Some need to know about Tooth Sensitivity!’
- Receding gums – Some people who have sensitive teeth have receding gums which causes the enamel at the gum line to wear away. It’s like losing a protective layer and being exposed to a variety of elements. It’s not lingering pain but the pain pops up every time the tooth comes in contact with hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Periodontal disease – Commonly known as gum disease, this is also a likely culprit behind the pain. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is when the gums get inflamed due to the build-up of bacteria. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis and eventually you could lose your tooth. Besides a visit to the dentist for proper diagnosis, you can determine that your tooth pain is related to gum disease by looking out for the following periodontal symptoms:
- Gum recession
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Swollen, tender or red gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
This blog will give you more information on just what periodontal disease is.
- Tooth trauma – Trauma to the tooth can range from mild, like a marginally chipped tooth, to an injury which causes one or more teeth to dislodge. Although it seems straightforward, surprisingly, the trauma your tooth incurred could be the result of an accident which took place several years ago too! This can involve falling and hitting the teeth or an accident. Number of events lead to tooth trauma but the common offenders are sports-related injuries or accidents. You will be treated depending on the severity of the injury.
- Sinus infection – Sinus infection can creep up in ways which don’t feel normal, especially during allergy and flu season. This ache during cold weather or when you have a bad cold could be the result of a sinus headache. The sinus cavity sits right on the roof of your teeth. Few distinct signs that it’s only a sinus headache are - pain behind the eye and in their upper teeth and several teeth will ache as opposed to just one. The best way to get relief is to clear your sinuses.
- Abscessed tooth – A severe infection between the gums and the tooth or at the root of the tooth is known as abscessed tooth. A number of factors can cause this painful infection - injury to the tooth, severe tooth decay and gum disease. There are chances that the infection can spread from the root of the tooth to surrounding bones. Go to your dentist to know if your tooth pain is caused by an abscessed tooth.
- Grinding – Clenching or grinding of teeth, known as bruxism also results in tooth pain. Those who grind or clench their jaw infrequently, from time to time are okay. However, those with chronic bruxism have to be careful as it can lead to a number of oral health concerns. Persistently grinding your teeth causes the protective layer of your teeth to wear down which leaves the second layer of your tooth (dentin) exposed. This can lead to extreme sensitivity and even pain. Similarly constantly putting pressure on the teeth will fracture the teeth and if left untreated, eventually you could lose a tooth or teeth.
Read this blog and learn how to stop grinding your teeth.
Last updated on 04 July, 2018.