Despite keeping up with great oral care and dental hygiene, you still may encounter tooth problems at some point in your life. It’s important to know what your tooth pain means so you can figure out the best way to treat it.
When your tooth erodes, cavities can form in the enamel. This makes plaque stick to your enamel, creating a weaker tooth. This decay causes your tooth to ache and feel sensitive at times.
We use our teeth a lot and all of the biting and chewing can cause them to weaken. If your teeth hurt when you chew, you may be suffering from a cracked tooth.
When a new tooth tries to move into position but can’t, it becomes impacted. Usually, this happens to our wisdom teeth since they are the last teeth to move into our mouths. Our jawbones can’t fit these teeth, so they get stuck under our gums. This creates pressure, pain, and swelling.
Sometimes, our teeth become sensitive. Teeth sensitivity can be triggered by specific temperatures. This is especially common for cold foods, air, and liquids.
Oral pain doesn’t necessarily stay in your teeth. Your gums can become infected just as much as your teeth. Gum disease, or gingivitis, can lead to bone loss and cause your teeth to detach.
When bacteria builds up inside of the pulp chamber of your tooth, it becomes infected. The pressure from the infection creates pain and swelling. Typically a dentist can spot a dental abscess using an X-ray.