The Top Causes of Tooth Pain
There are few types of pain as difficult to tolerate as tooth pain. A toothache can interfere with a person’s concentration and ability to complete even the simplest of daily tasks. The pain can become so excruciating that it is what eventually drives even those with the most hardened of dental phobias to visit their local dentists.
While restorative dentistry is able to reconstruct teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or decay, most patients are mostly concerned with ridding themselves of the pain that has compromised their quality of life. Fortunately, at the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, we are able to provide them with both the immediate pain relief they crave and the advanced restorative dentistry they deserve. We also provide them with the education about their oral health that they need to avoid further tooth pain in the future.
We invite you to read about the following top causes of tooth pain provided by Red Bank, NJ cosmetic and restorative dentist Michael J. Bixby. If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, please don’t delay in contacting our office and scheduling an appointment.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain?
There are many possible causes of tooth pain; however, most of them result from either poor oral health or injury to the tooth. The latter cannot generally be prevented, but the former usually can. Unless you have a genetic condition or illness that predisposes you to poor oral health, your at-home dental hygiene regimen, diet, and lifestyle habits can greatly influence the health of your teeth and mouth. If you are having tooth pain, Dr. Bixby will discuss these and other issues with you during your appointment.
The top causes of tooth pain include:
- Root canal infections: Each tooth in your mouth contains between one and four root canals, chambers that contain a substance called dental pulp. If this nutrient-rich pulp becomes infected or otherwise damaged, the result can be excruciating pain. The only way to relieve this pain and prevent the death of the tooth is to surgically remove the pulp, disinfect and fill the root canals, and cover the tooth with a dental crown.
- Cavities: Clinically known as dental caries, cavities occur when the enamel that protects a tooth becomes eroded or otherwise damaged, and holes develop in the underlying dentin layer of the tooth. This can cause pain, especially as the holes approach the root canals.
- Gum disease: Especially in its most severe stage, periodontitis, in which the teeth can become loose, gum disease can result in tooth pain.
- Malocclusion: Otherwise known as a “bad bite,” malocclusion refers to the condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly. This can lead to tooth pain as well as general jaw and mouth pain.
Learn More about Tooth Pain
If you would like to learn more about tooth pain and how it can be treated, we encourage you to contact the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry today.