What is Causing My Tooth Pain?
Tooth pain can range from intermittent stabbing pain to a persistent dull ache. Whichever type of toothache you have, it is equally unbearable. But what causes a toothache? The dentists at Dentistry by Design located in Andover, MA have the following advice on what may be causing your tooth pain.
Causes of Tooth Pain
- Tooth decay: As tooth decay advances, it destroys the tooth’s hard outer layer of enamel and causes cavities. In the beginning, cavities may not cause any pain, but as they deepen, they expose the nerves within the teeth. You may feel a slight twinge every now and then, but if you ignore it, it will soon become unbearable.
- Abscess: As you chew, particles of food become trapped between your teeth. If you don’t floss and the food remains there, it will create an abscess on the gum line over time. This type of infection needs treating immediately before development of gum disease.
- A fractured tooth: A crack or break in a tooth can also cause tooth pain. If the damage is minor, it may be repaired with dental bonding or a crown. If the break is severe you may need the tooth replaced with an implant.
- Receding gums: If you have gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – your tooth enamel may have worn away at the gum line. This will cause your gums to recede and may make the surrounding tooth sensitive to heat or cold.
As well as taking proper steps to take care of your teeth and gums at home, you can prevent tooth pain by making regular visits to your dentist. Our patients like to schedule their six-month check-ups in advance so that they can get a timely reminder of when their visit is due.
Our Andover office is currently closed due to COVID-19. If you have a dental emergency, call Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA at (978) 475-5333