Ouch! Some Causes of Tooth Pain!

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No one likes to be caught off guard with a toothache!  It can keep you up all night or ruin your whole day!  The reasons behind a toothache are varied, some related directly to your teeth, gums or mouth; and others that are not related.


Tooth damage or tooth decay are the most common causes of tooth pain.  Tooth damage is usually a result of a chipped or broken tooth that occurred from some kind of trauma to the tooth which, in turn, causes pain.  Pain can also occur from a broken or damaged crown, filling, implant, etc.   Tooth decay involves different levels of pain.  A cavity is a hole that goes through your tooth’s enamel and dentin and often causes significant pain.  An abscess is an infection of the nerve and pulp inside your tooth and this typically creates a more severe type of pain.

Another potential cause of tooth pain that is directed related to your mouth is gum disease (or gingivitis).  Gum disease causes a swelling and redness of the gums.  Gingivitis can not only create painful gums, but can sometimes create significant tooth pain.

If you have a wisdom tooth – and the pain is near that area – this could be the source of pain.   As wisdom teeth come out, inflammation of the gum around the erupted crown often occur which can lead to gum infection…and to pain.  Grinding teeth and an abnormal bite are also conditions that can lead to tooth pain.

Causes of tooth pain that are not directly related to your mouth, gums or teeth are also varied.   Sinus infections can create sinus pressure which, in turn, can cause pressure on your teeth and could lead to toothaches.  Some viral infections can lead to tooth pain.  Pain around the teeth and jaws could be symptoms of heart disease and cluster headaches have been associated with tooth pain.  One nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia, is often associated with a sharp pain on one side of the face.

If you’re experiencing any type of dental pain you should call Mainstream Dental as soon as possible (717-566-8161) and make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Fortna.  (Please note that we provide emergency dental care after hours!).

As crucial, you should be aware that many dental needs can arise WITHOUT any signs of toothaches or dental pain.  It’s important to have regular check-ups with Dr. Fortna to ensure you have healthy gums and teeth.  Haven’t seen us in awhile?  Contact us today by using our Mainstream Dental contact form and request an appointment!


The content above is applicable for many of our Mainstream Dental patients  Your individual circumstances may alter the suggestions or instructions being provided.  Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Fortna for an appointment to discuss your unique dental needs. 

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