What Does My Tooth Pain Mean?

Learn about two common forms and tooth pain and what they mean.

Learn about two common forms and tooth pain and what they mean.

Tooth pain can be very irritating and interrupts your daily life, as you may find it difficult to focus, eat, and sleep. The only worse than suffering from tooth pain is when you are unsure why it’s hurting and how to make it stop. There are a few types of tooth pain, so the first step is to figure out when and where your pain is coming from. Continue reading to learn about two common forms and tooth pain and what they mean.

Temperature Sensitivity

Pay attention to the type and duration of your sensitivity when eating and drinking- are your teeth sensitive to both hot and cold sensations, or just one or the other? Does the pain feel like a sharp burst of 30 seconds, or does the uncomfortable feeling last longer? Temperature sensitivity is quite common and can be caused by many different tooth problems. If your pain is intense and long-lasting, it’s likely that the problem is more serious.

The most common reason for sensitive teeth is worn-down enamel and gum recession. If your pain is minor and fades quickly, try switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and avoiding very hot or cold food and drinks. However, if your sensitivity doesn’t improve soon and you are in a lot of pain, the underlying cause could be more serious, such as tooth decay, exposed roots, or gum disease. If this is the case, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Dull But Persistent Aches

A dull and persistent ache is the most common tooth pain, but to know what is causing yours, you must pay attention to how long it lasts and how painful it is. Does it come in waves, or does is it a constant feeling? Does it feel more or less painful at any point, or is the triggered by something you eat or certain movements you make? Does it feel like the pain is mainly in one tooth, or is it in a general area?

If the pain is low but constant and you have gum swelling, you may have something stuck in your gums or between your teeth. If this sounds like your situation, floss thoroughly (but not aggressively) and wait to see if the pain subsides. If your pain is localized in your jaw, you may grind your teeth at night. Visit your dentist to ask for a nightguard to help stop the grinding. However, constant dull pain can stem from severe issues, such as abscessed teeth, which have an infection inside them that has spread to the tooth’s root. If you think this may be the case, schedule a dentist appointment immediately.

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