Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Hurt

Toothaches, Charlotte, NCAnyone who’s suffered from tooth pain knows the sooner it goes away, the better. Pain in your teeth is not normal and can be an indicator of a serious problem that may need to be addressed. If your teeth hurt, you should quickly see Dr. Richard Van Gurp at Van Gurp Dentistry in Charlotte NC. Dr. Van Gurp can then do a thorough examination and answer the frustrating question you might have, Why do my teeth hurt?  There are many different reasons it could be, but these are the most common:

Cavity: A cavity is a spot of decay that forms in your tooth caused by collected bacteria. Cavities expose the nerve of the tooth leading to sensitivity and pain. Cavities are simplest for Dr. Van Gurp to treat when they are still small and the tooth can still be saved. Treatment usually invovles a filling made of metal or composite resin.

Damaged or Lost Filling: When fillings fall out or are damaged, the exposed cavity causes pain. A visit to Dr. Van Gurp can determine if this is the case and how to best treat it.

Temperature Sensitivity: Sometimes the dentin, also known as the underlying layer of your tooth, is exposed due to cracks in the tooth’s enamel or the recession of the gums.  This can lead to your teeth becoming sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.

Abscessed Tooth: An abscess is a serious infection in your gums from the inside of a tooth is being exposed to bacteria. Abscesses are extremely painful and you must go to a dentist to be treated. Antibiotics can be prescribed which will usually clear up the infection although other procedures may be necessary to prevent the infection recurring in the future. Allowing an abscess go untreated lead to a widespread infection that could threaten your health or even your life.

Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth grow in, it can be very painful and include swelling, and stiffness of the jaw. If there isn’t enough room to grow in, your emerging wisdom teeth can bump up against your other molars causing pain and infections. This issue is called impaction. Dr. Van Gurp will be able to determine if the wisdom teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: You may find yourself bearing down on your teeth during the day, or waking up with a sore jaw in the morning. If so, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night without even realizing it. Dr. Van Gurp can offer solutions to help save your teeth from excess wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Injuries: Just like your bones, teeth can also be injured through contact sports or an accident and they need to be treated just as quickly. Injuries to your teeth can cause any number of dental problems including a “bruised” or deeply discolored tooth, a broken tooth, or loss of one or more teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment: Having braces adjusted can be painful as many of you know or maybe your children can tell you. This pain is perfectly normal. Use of an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the braces’ hardware itself, a small bit of dental wax, both sold at your area drugstore, should reduce your discomfort.

Teeth Whitening: Most patients will experience some discomfort or at least sensitivity for a day or so after a professional teeth-whitening treatment. Talk to Dr. Van Gurp if it becomes too painful or problematic.

No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be a miserable experience, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with Van Gurp Dentistry online today, or call (704) 209-9606 to schedule. Dr. Van Gurp will do his best to get to bottom of the issue and help you find relief, fast.