Tooth sensitivity may appear to impact a single tooth when, in fact, you are usually feeling pain or discomfort in a localized area of your mouth. This means that even though it may feel like a particular tooth is having a problem, it could be the result of nearby decay or needing to have a cavity filled.
If you have a toothache and have been experiencing pain or discomfort for more than one to two days, you must reach out to a dentist to receive an examination. This will provide assurance that you are not experiencing a dental emergency. Certain dental emergencies, such as infections, can be dangerous and require immediate attention. To learn more about the causes of a toothache, contact Zeal Dentistry at 415.792.4771 to speak with a trained oral hygienist who can provide you with more information about dental care.
Possible Causes of a Toothache
It’s possible your teeth are slightly misaligned. If your teeth are not aligned properly, then you run the risk of temporarily or permanently injuring your teeth. Your bite alignment is significant since each time you bite down, you put pressure on your teeth. Those who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep and have a misaligned bite run a greater risk of toothaches.
Poor Brushing or Flossing Technique
It’s important that you speak with your dentist or a dental hygienist who can help guide you on the best practices for the careful removal of plaque from your teeth when you brush and floss. When you brush your teeth, it’s important to use slow, light motions, primarily using your wrist to help reposition the brush. You do not want to be using the force of your entire arm to brush your teeth.
When choosing a toothbrush, select only brushes that say they are soft. All teeth have some degree of sensitivity, and brushes with harder bristles can damage teeth. When you floss your teeth, try your best to gently remove food residue from the gaps between your teeth without allowing the floss to dig into your gums. This can cause gum recession and tooth instability.
If you have any amount of gum recession, it means that more of the roots are exposed to airflow. This can cause sensitivity or a toothache. Your dentist can use specialized tools to pinpoint the exact location where you may be feeling sensitivity. This can help determine if sensitivity is the result of root exposure or tooth decay.
Damaged Filling or Chipped Tooth
It’s possible a filling or crown has been damaged, causing a toothache. It’s also possible you have chipped a tooth. These are reasons to set up a dentist appointment as soon as possible before any further damage occurs.
If you are experiencing an intense, sharp tooth pain during, or very soon after, eating or drinking something that is cold or hot, this suggests varying degrees of tooth sensitivity. This might mean that your tooth enamel has worn down, and your tooth’s nerve is exposed. Temperature sensitivity can also be the result of recent teeth whitening.
Toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth is often effective, low-cost, and safe practice for taking care of sensitivity issues. Certain brands claim that they will reduce sensitivity after only a few seconds of use during brushing. This can mean that, in reality, if you leave the toothpaste on longer, it may help even more. You can try taking a very small amount of toothpaste made to help reduce sensitivity and gently rub it into the tooth or gum line near teeth that are feeling particularly sensitive. Try leaving the toothpaste on for thirty seconds and see if that helps reduce sensitivity. If sensitivity persists, it is essential that you reach out to your dentist to discuss further treatment options.
It’s possible if you are feeling significant pain in your teeth or mouth that you have an abscess that requires immediate medical attention. An abscess is an infection, and there’s a possibility you have an open wound in your mouth. It’s important to deal with matters like this as soon as possible. Other potential causes of tooth pain include:
- Tooth infections
- Broken tooth
- Chipped tooth
Reach Out to Zeal Dentistry About Dental Care
If you have been experiencing tooth sensitivity, discomfort, or pain and are concerned about your dental health, we encourage you to reach out to Zeal Dentistry to speak with a dental care specialist who can provide you with expert information about treatment options. Contact Zeal Dentistry at 415.792.4771 to talk with a trained representative about dental care or set up an appointment to address concerns about your teeth.