What is Causing Your Tooth Pain?

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Many things may be causing tooth pain. Toothaches are often due to inflammation from the pulp—the pulp is located at the center of the tooth near the root. It contains nerve endings that are sensitive to pain and cause that aching feeling. When there is inflammation here, it was likely caused by infection, decay, or trauma.

The most common causes of tooth pain are infection, decay, injury, or loss. Pain cause can be caused by bacteria growth in your mouth—this growth contributes to gum disease and cavities. If you have recently had a procedure done, there is often pain from healing from the extraction or other dental work. Toothaches can be due to wisdom teeth. If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, they could be causing you pain. When this occurs, it’s a sign that it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can impact and wrap around nerve endings—leading to pain and potentially causing damage to other teeth.

Another leading cause of tooth pain is trauma. If you’ve recently experienced some sudden impact near your mouth, it may have caused some damage. Tooth roots and pulp can be damaged by trauma and lead to lingering tooth pain. If this is the case, see a dentist as soon as possible. In this case, the pain will not go away but likely worsen.


The most apparent sign with tooth pain is, well, pain. But besides the apparent, tooth troubles can also manifest themselves in other ways. These include:

-Sensitivity to hot and cold
-Bleeding, swelling, or other discharge around the teeth or gums
-Swelling of the jaw
-Pain when chewing

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is likely a sign there is something wrong. Tooth pain is usually a sign that something needs to be done.

When to Seek Medical Help

Tooth pain doesn’t usually go away on its own. If it’s related to trauma, it may just need time to heal. But often time more work needs to be done. If your pain is not relieved by over the counter medications, see a dentist. It’s also essential to see a dentist if the pain is associated with visible problems such as swelling or discharge. This could be a sign of an infection or abscesses. If there is a tooth abscess, you may require antibiotics or surgical drainage to remove it. It is also essential to see a dentist as soon as possible if a tooth has been broken, cracked, or knocked out. Lastly, if the tooth pain is associated with other physical manifestations, there may be a bigger problem, and you should seek medical attention. This could be manifest in a fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, a facial rash, or chest pain.

No matter the cause of your tooth pain, see us at Fort Union Family Dental. Our experienced team can help with all of your dental needs!