My Teeth Hurt
Tooth Nerve Pain, Sensitive Teeth, Infection Are Some of the Possible Causes of Multiple Hurting Teeth
If you are experiencing tooth nerve pain you need to visit your dentist. At Altitude Dental, we work with you to build a strong dental health care program and help you maintain good oral health.
There are numerous reasons why you might have more than one tooth that hurts: all the reasons are treatable.
- Multiple infections and/or decay in the mouth.
- Gum disease: infected gum tissue can feel like a sore tooth.
- Referred pain: teeth beside the infected tooth, or the opposing teeth, can result in ‘sympathetic’ pain.
- A cracked tooth – this sounds like an obvious problem but sometimes a cracked tooth can be hard to see yourself without the equipment that is available in a dental office. The cracked tooth may ‘radiate’ pain across several teeth - you'll feel like several teeth are affected.
- Sinus conditions: blocked sinuses can cause the top teeth to be tender and sensitive. You may experience a slight aching feeling as the sinus places pressure on the roots of the top teeth.
- Clenching or grinding of your teeth: either will place excessive force on the teeth and jaw causing tenderness and sensitivity. The best treatment for this is a dental night guard.
- Some medications may cause sensitivity in the teeth as a side effect (for example, some prescription medications can cause dry mouth or swelling gums and that can progress to more painful dental issues, such as tooth nerve pain.
- Recession: when your gum shrinks away from the enamel of the tooth and the soft second layer of the tooth is uncovered it exposes the nerve and you will experience tooth nerve pain. The range of sensitivity that results depends on the individual – this can sometimes be helped by toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In some cases, the gum recession is caused by clenching or grinding and a night guard may be required to stop the progression. In extreme cases, gum grafting might be a solution.
- Other health issues that result in painful sensations in the mouth or face (such as trigeminal neuralgia) are sometimes thought to be related to the teeth but are actually unrelated (the symptoms can be confusing). If you have pain in your mouth or teeth, Dr. Vaida will assess your pain to see if it is related to dental health or if you need to be referred to another health professional.
It is always best to double check any tooth nerve pain or sensitivity with professionals, such as a dentist and dental hygienist. We want to make sure that your teeth are healthy and free from dental disease. Please contact our dental office for an appointment for a dental health care assessment.
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