Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Breaking Down Tooth Pain

Are you experiencing pain in one or more of your teeth? It can be hard to focus on your day to day tasks, even the ones you enjoy if your teeth are giving you problems.

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Tooth Pain is not uncommon and there are various reasons that your teeth could be hurting you.

From our experience, we notice a significant amount of tooth pain comes down to the following:

  • Cavities
  • Infections
  • Sleeping habits
  • And more!

Sleeping habits? Yes, that is right. We'll get to that shortly.

For now, let's discuss the most common reasons your teeth are hurting you.


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Tooth Decay

Sooner or later, most people develop tooth decay. In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that more than 90 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 have had at least one bout of tooth decay.

Pain doesn't usually occur until cavities are fairly large.

If you visit the dentist every six months, cavities can be diagnosed and filled before tooth decay can cause too much damage.

Very large cavities may need to be protected with crowns or covered with special fillings created in a dental lab.



A tooth pulp infection can cause significant pain.

The trouble begins when bacteria invade the soft mass of blood vessels, nerves and tissues in the center of your tooth.

If you have an abscess, a serious bacterial infection, you may develop facial swelling and see pus on your gums. Not surprisingly, the infection can make you feel awful.

It's not unusual to develop a fever and swollen lymph glands with an abscess.

Important note: You'll need emergency care if you have an abscess, as the infection can enter your bloodstream if not treated.


A Crack in a Tooth

Cracks, even small ones, can trigger pain by exposing tiny tubules in the tooth's dentin layer.

The hollow tubules form a pathway between the sensitive nerves in the soft pulp at the center of the tooth and the dentin, a layer of calcified tissue under the enamel.

If you have a crack, you may notice intermittent pain that worsens every time you chew. The pain may also increase when hot, cold or sweet foods and beverages irritate the nerves.

Cracks can be treated with the following:

  1. Bonding
  2. Crowns
  3. Root Canals

It just depends on the size and extent of the damage.


Gum Disease

The pain you feel every time you take a bite of food may be actually caused by gum disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease is an issue that affects nearly half of all U.S. adults 30 and older.

Other signs of gum disease include:

  • bad breath
  • deep spaces around your teeth
  • swollen, red gums Gum disease can often be treated with a deep dental cleaning, but surgery may be needed in severe cases

Gum disease can often be treated with deep dental cleaning, but surgery may be needed in severe cases.

Sinuses and Teeth Aching


Did your tooth pain start just about the time your sinuses started to bother you?

When your sinuses become inflamed, you may feel referred pain in your upper teeth. Treating your sinusitis symptoms will help relieve your tooth pain.

If your pain persists after your sinus symptoms improve, it's a good idea to schedule a trip to the dentist.



Remember when we mentioned your sleeping habits?

Tooth pain may also occur if you grind your teeth at night. But you might not even be aware that you have a problem.

Your dentist can spot telltale signs of grinding, such as eroded tooth enamel, and fit you with a night guard, an appliance that you'll wear while you sleep.


Take Action Against Your Tooth Pain

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It's only human nature to hope that a toothache will magically get better.

Unfortunately, ignoring pain can lead to an infection or extensive dental work when you do eventually visit the dentist.

If you want your tooth pain to go away and return to a happy, pain-free lifestyle, you need to contact Hylan Dental today.

Our Professional Dentists have the experience and training necessary to eliminate the Tooth Pain you're experiencing using gentle methods.

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