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Oh, My Aching Mouth: Causes of Tooth Pain

By J. Brent Gorrell on March 08, 2016

A woman clutching her jaw in pain due to tooth decayThere are few types of pain that can interfere with a person’s ability to concentrate and get through his or her daily routine quite like tooth pain. Although there are numerous outstanding restorative dentistry treatments available to return damaged teeth to optimal health, people who are dealing with tooth pain are generally more immediately concerned with how they will find relief from their suffering. At Gorrell Dental, the cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice of Dr. J. Brent Gorrell, we are able to provide such relief, as well as a comprehensive treatment plan for restoring aesthetics, function, and health to the mouth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, whether mild, moderate, or severe, we urge you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gorrell immediately. Tooth pain should always be taken seriously, and diagnosis and treatment should be sought right away. Like most health problems, oral health issues are easiest to treat in their earlier stages. If left untreated, relatively minor problems can evolve into far more painful - and expensive to treat - problems down the road.

We invite you to read about the following common causes of tooth pain provided by Mountain View, CA dentist J. Brent Gorrell. Then, contact Gorrell Dental to schedule your initial appointment.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain?

There are many possible causes of tooth pain. Something as simple as a piece of food being stuck in your teeth could cause tooth pain, which is why you should initially brush and floss your teeth if you experience the sudden onset of pain. If your tooth pain does not resolve within an hour or two, make an appointment to see Dr. Gorrell. You can take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever to help control the pain until your appointment, but such medication should be considered an aid until your appointment. Never use medication as a long-term solution to tooth pain.

The most common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Root canal infections: Each of your teeth contains a substance called dental pulp, which is housed in a chamber called a root canal. When this dental pulp becomes infected, the result is tooth pain. The only way to resolve this pain is to surgically remove the pulp, disinfect the root canal, replace the pulp with a filler substance, and seal off the tooth with a dental crown. If the infection is left untreated, the tooth will eventually die, leading to a host of other painful dental problems.
  • Tooth decay: When the enamel that protects the tooth becomes eroded or otherwise damaged, the underlying dentin layer of the tooth becomes vulnerable to structural damage. The more extensive the decay, the more likely you are to experience pain.
  • Injury: If your tooth is cracked or chipped due to injury, you will experience pain either immediately or as a result of further damage over time.
  • Bruxism: This is the clinical term for chronic teeth grinding, which can cause painful damage to the teeth.
  • Gum disease: This occurs as a result of the buildup of plaque and tartar, which are filled with bacteria that cause irreversible damage to the gum tissue. In its more severe stage, periodontitis, gum disease can lead to general pain throughout the mouth, including the teeth, gums, and jaw.

Learn More about Causes of Tooth Pain

To learn more about causes of tooth pain, please contact Gorrell Dental today.

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Ste 205
Mountain View, CA 94040

Open Today 7:00am - 7:00pm

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