Discover the root of your tooth pain — it may be apart from the common cavity!
In part one, we began our exploration of what tooth pain can be attributed to beyond cavities. We found that both exercise and sinus issues can increase tooth pain. Learn more about tooth pain below.
Being Hit in the Mouth
We’re exposed to a lot of things each that can direct our teeth — from catching a kickball right in the face to knocking a glass on your front tooth while sipping a beverage — life is dangerous for our teeth! And when we get hit in the tooth, we can a toothache from the trauma.
So, your tooth may seem to have come out of nowhere, but when you investigate it a little further, you’ll likely remember an event that led to the pain.
If you were hit in the tooth, it’s important to get it checked out by your dentist to ensure that it doesn’t get impacted or cause an infection.
A Filling Was Damaged
It’s not uncommon for filling to fall out — the material can break down over time and crack and break just from biting and chewing food. Food is moved to the exact area, it causes an increased pressure that causes damage to the filling.
A routine dental cleaning is a great way to prevent this because the dentist is able to assess your fillings and mend or replace those that are old and worn.
So, food can cause tooth pain? This seems unlikely and you would be aware that it’s there, right?! Food being stuck is a common reason for tooth pain, and if left in your mouth, it can cause an abscess.
Have you ever had popcorn or an apple, and in one bite you feel like something is wedged in your teeth? It can feel very uncomfortable, but sometimes we forget to floss afterward. Whether we forget to floss or we just keep eating thinking the issues will resolve itself, the more chewing and eating food you do, the more it can push the jammed food particles farther up into your gums.
If the food is pushed under the gumline, it can create a pocket (abscess) where the food decays and bacteria can breed.
The takeaway, if you are eating food and feel something stick or get stuck, take a moment right then and there and remove the particle. This avoids an abscess and tooth pain.
Your Tooth is Damaged
If you experience trauma to your tooth, this can cause damage in the form of a cracked tooth or tooth fracture. Sometimes this is a chip or a hairline fracture that can become increasingly painful and sensitive to temperature changes.
Depending on the severity of the crack or chip, you may require a cap, dental implant, or crown to restore and fortify the tooth.
Receding Gum Lines
Tooth pain can be sourced from receding gum lines. Gum recession occurs right at the gum line and affects the enamel at the base of your teeth. Because your tooth is essentially bear and unprotected, every slight change of a hot or cold beverage or when something hits it (cutlery) it can cause a sharp, uncomfortable tooth pain.