Why do my teeth hurt and what should I do?

Why do my teeth hurt and what should I do?

If your teeth hurt, you should visit your dentist. Your dentist can determine the root cause of your pain, and treat the issue and its symptoms. Here, our Edmonton dentists explain. 


Tooth pain has a wide range of causes. Some causes are more serious than others, and seeing your dentist is the best way to figure out the right fix.

Your dentist has the training and expertise to determine what is causing your pain and then make a plan to treat it. 

Below are some examples of what could be causing your tooth pain, and how your dentist might fix it.

Tooth Decay

If your pain occurs in just one tooth, you may have tooth decay (a cavity). If your dentist determines you have a cavity, a dental filling may be enough to eliminate your pain. If left untreated for too long, a cavity may become large or affect the inside of the tooth and you may require a root canal

Cracked Teeth or Fillings

Very old fillings, cracked fillings, or cracks within the tooth can expose the inner layers of teeth and increase sensitivity, causing pain. If this is the case, your dentist may suggest replacing an old filling with a new one, or consider other restorative options, like dental crowns, for repairing your tooth. 

Gum Disease

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can break down the tissue and bone supporting the teeth, causing pain, inflammation and irritation. Depending on how far your gum disease has progressed, your dentist may recommend gum therapy options to treat your pain and symptoms. 

TMJ Disorder

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) primarily cause pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles but they can also affect the teeth causing facial pain or headache. Your dentist is able to diagnose TMJ Disorder and make a plan to treat it. 

Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth are teeth that stay lodged in gum tissue or bone, often affecting the wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth can also cause pain that ranges from a dull ache, to sharp, long-lasting pain that may radiate up to the ear or to one side of the nose. If you have an impacted tooth, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction

If you are experiencing constant tooth pain that doesn't resolve quickly, book an appointment to see the dentists at Scotia Square Dentistry.

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