What Is Causing My Chronic Tooth Pain?

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
October 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain   tooth decay   toothache  

If you have tooth pain that just won’t go away then it’s time you did something about it.

Tooth pain is not normal and it’s certainly not something that should be ignored. After all, your tooth is trying to tell you something so it’s tooth paintime you listened and called our Danbury, CT dentist Dr. George Landress for help. The longer you wait the worse off your tooth will be.

The most common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Dental decay
  • A cracked tooth
  • Inflamed or damaged dental pulp

Tooth Sensitivity

If you notice that your teeth are only sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks for a few minutes then there probably isn’t any issue; however, tooth sensitivity that lingers could be trying to tell you that you have tooth decay or an exposed tooth root. If toothpastes for sensitive teeth aren’t doing the trick then it’s time to see your Danbury, CT general dentist for treatment.

Decay

If you have dental pain that shows up whenever you eat something or put pressure on your tooth then you may be dealing with a cavity. Of course, most cavities don’t even cause symptoms and so the only way to truly determine whether you have a cavity is by coming in every six months for your preventive dental exams and cleanings. If you notice that the problem tooth also has a brown spot on it then you may be dealing with decay.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth may also be to blame if you notice pain when biting down or releasing your bite. A cracked tooth will need to be treated so the problem doesn’t get worse. If the crack is bad enough we will need to buff out the crack and then place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Inflamed Dental Pulp

A dental infection will continue to get worse until it is properly treated. So if you are noticing chronic or severe dental pain then the infection may have already spread to the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. Once the pulp is damaged or infected we will need to treat the tooth with a root canal. If the tooth is too far damaged that even root canal treatment won’t work then we may need to remove the tooth.

Who wants to put up with a toothache day in and day out? We certainly wouldn’t! If you are in dental distress call our Danbury, CT dental office today to schedule a visit with us.

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