Tooth pain can be mild and occasional or it can be constant and entirely painful. The reason for the pain is usually the same though and it’s because the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of tooth are trying to tell you that there is a problem about to happen. The following are the most common reasons you feel pain in your teeth… 

Cavities / Enamel Erosion

Oral bacteria can feed on food that is trapped in your mouth and those bacteria produce acid that over time can eat through the enamel of your teeth and into the sensitive areas below it. Acids from what you eat, acid reflux, and continual vomiting can also effect your teeth.

Gum Recession

Over time your gums can recede and expose sensitive tooth roots below. It could be caused by brushing too hard or using a brush that is too hard.

Recent Dental Work

When you have your teeth worked on, it can cause some inflammation in your pulp tissues and cause temporary sensitivity that will stop after the pulp heals.

Loose, Old, or Lost Fillings

If fillings get dislodged or don’t fit right, they can can allow air, food, and bacteria to cause problems with your exposed nerve endings.

Chip, Crack or Fracture

Teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and normal wear and tear over time can weaken your teeth. Small thin lines in the enamel can easily become chips, cracks, and fractures that expose your nerve endings.

Periodontal Disease

Plague along the gum line causes an infection and can trigger inflammation. This infection could travel to the tooth’s root or other areas to get access to the dental pulp which will cause you pain.


An infection fills with pus and gets near a tooth’s root or in between the tooth and gums to cause extreme pain.

Tooth Grinding (bruxism)/Jaw Clenching

These behaviors put teeth under extreme stress and wear them down over time. Patient’s teeth will become sensitive and their jaws will become sore.

Problems Near Your Problem Tooth

A certain tooth or teeth could hurt because of their proximity to sinus congestion or an infection you may have. It could be another tooth’s problem that is causing an otherwise good tooth to hurt.

We can identify the reasons for the pain and make you as comfortable as possible as we fix it. 

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.