Here at our practice of Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry, located in Boynton Beach, we often get the question: “Why does my tooth hurt?” Sometimes pain is severe. Sometimes it is light or intermittent, yet you sense something is wrong. The nerves inside the tooth are signaling you that infection or other dental damage has occurred. Extreme discomfort happens when nerve endings in the dentin are exposed to air, or to hot or cold foods or drinks.
Tooth ache pain can be caused by a number of factors, and sometimes even a combination of them. The primary reasons are a dental cavity causing root exposure and infection, a crack in the tooth exposing a nerve, or a blow to the tooth that has traumatized one or more nerves. Several other conditions can mimic tooth root pain and even make it difficult to isolate the pain, for example, a sinus infection, TMJ/TMD jaw joint and muscle stress and fatigue, or food impaction between teeth and at the gum line. And then, of course, gum inflammation ranging from early gingivitis to full blown periodontal disease, and also poor occlusion causing tooth on tooth impact with periodontal ligament tenderness, both can mimic the pain associated with nerve exposure, infection or trauma.
It’s important that you report dental and oral soft tissue pain or other signs of inflammation and disease (for example, gum bleeding or development of a dark spot on your tooth) as soon as you can. You are an important partner is discovering what is wrong and solving oral health problems, hopefully, before there is significant pain. If you have sensitivity to hot or cold foods or intermittent pain when you bite down, don’t ignore these symptoms of internal tooth issues. Even if the symptoms are not chronic, the earlier the cause of your pain is found and treated, the least amount of damage will occur and the least amount of treatment will be needed. A dental examination and digital x-ray images can determine most causes of dental pain immediately. If you suffer from one of the harder to diagnose causes of pain, such as a TMJ/TMD disorder, you can be rest assured that you are in the care of an expert diagnostician when you come to Jamie J. Alexander, D.D.S. Give us a call today at (561) 732-8877 or contact us here to schedule an appointment.