Anybody who’s ever had tooth pain knows the sooner it goes away, the better. Pain in your teeth is not normal and can hint at a serious problem that may need to be addressed. If your teeth hurt, you should quickly Dr. Brent Moses at Bayside Implant & General Dentistry in Virginia Beach VA. Dr Moses can then do a thorough examination and answer the frustrating question you might have, Why do my teeth hurt? It might be any number of reasons, but here are the most common:
Cavity: A cavity is simply when a hole forms in your tooth due to decay caused by collected bacteria. Cavities can create sensitivity that results in tooth pain. Cavities are easiest for Dr. Moses to treat when they are still small and the tooth can be saved. This is usually done with a filling.
Damaged or Lost Filling: Sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, exposing the cavity again and leading to pain. A visit to your dentist can determine if this is the case and how to best treat it.
Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: If you find yourself bearing down on your teeth during the day, or waking up with a sore jaw, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Dr. Moses can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.
Abscessed Tooth: An abscess forms in your gums when there is an infection at the tooth’s roots. Abscesses are extremely painful and only a dentist will treat it. Antibiotics can be administered which should clear up the infection although other procedures may be necessary to prevent a recurrence. Failure to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection that could threaten your health or even your life.
Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, it can be very painful and include swelling, and stiffness of the jaw. If wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow in, they can bump up against other molars causing pain and infections. This condition is called impaction. Dr. Moses will be able to determine if the wisdom teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.
Injuries: Injuries caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can create any number of problems including a “bruised” or deeply discolored tooth, a broken tooth, or loss of one or more teeth.
Temperature Sensitivity: When the underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentin, is exposed due to cracks in the tooth’s enamel or the recession of the gums, teeth may become sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.
Orthodontic Treatment: Having braces adjusted can be painful. This is perfectly normal. Using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax, both sold at your local drugstore, should help.
Teeth Whitening: Most patients will experience some discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should go away within a day or so. Talk to Dr. Moses if it becomes too painful or problematic.
No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be a miserable experience, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with Dr. Moses online today, or call (757) 264-6361 to schedule. He will do his best to identify the underlying problem and help you find relief, fast.