What 4 Types of Tooth Pain Might Mean

different types of tooth pain

Learn the potential causes of several types of tooth pain.

Tooth pain can quickly become unbearable and become a daily distraction. This pain can become even worse when you don’t know what is causing it, and if you don’t know what causes your pain, you won’t know how to fix it. Tooth pain does not always feel the same, however. If you are experiencing any of the following types of tooth pain, there may be specific causes behind each. Read on to determine which reason might be the most probable for your uncomfortable tooth pain. 

Temperature Sensitivity 

One of the most common types of tooth pain is temperature sensitivity when your teeth are touched by hot or cold food or drink. If you experience this pain, pay attention to the type and duration of sensitivity. Are you sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, or just one? The more intense and long-lasting your sensitivity, the more likely that your problem is serious. 

Sensitive teeth are often caused by worn-down enamel and gum recession. If your pain is more serious, it may be a result of tooth decay, fractures, worn fillings, exposed roots, or gum disease. 

Dull and Persistent Tooth Aches

A variety of factors can cause these “typical” types of tooth pains. First, examine the duration and severity of your pain and whether it comes in waves, or is triggered by anything in particular. If your pain is constant and you have gum swelling, you may have something stuck in your gums or between your teeth. If your pain extends to your jaw, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Constant dull pain can indicate that your tooth has abscessed, however. If you believe you have an abscessed tooth, you should schedule a meeting with your dentist right away. 

“Jabbing” Pain

Sharp or jabbing types of tooth pain often signal a problem that will not go away. Does your pain occur when you bite down? Is pain triggered by touching a tooth? If a tooth with a crown in it is the source of pain, that crown or filling may have come loose. 

Sharp pains often come from physical tooth damage. The tooth’s cusp may be fractured, or you could have decay or wear around the gumline. You may have a cavity or cracked tooth enamel. If you experience jabbing sharp pains, you should address it immediately before it turns into something more serious. 

Intense, Throbbing Pains

If you are experiencing pain severe enough to be entirely distracting, you should contact your dentist immediately. If your pain is intense and throbbing, and your gums are swelling, this could be a serious infection. Gum discoloration, bleeding, and pain when chewing are also signs of an infection. 

Infections can occur inside of the mouth when the bacteria that cause tooth decay get into the tooth pulp or the gums and bone surrounding the tooth. Nerves inside of the pulp are extremely sensitive, hence the intense pain. If enough time passes, tooth infections can spread to the bone.

When dealing with any of the above types of tooth pain, you should always consult your dentist to ensure that you are not suffering from more severe damage. Of course, if you are experiencing intense pain, make a dentist appointment immediately and let them know your symptoms. 

Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity

While these tips can help with some tooth and gum sensitivity issues, we know the best way of correcting the problem is to visit your dentist regularly. Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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