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7 Reasons For Tooth Pain

7 Reasons For Tooth Pain

Anyone who has ever dealt with the pain of a toothache knows the sooner it can be relieved, the better. Painful teeth are never normal and usually indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are hurting you, it is wise to see your dentist now, rather than later. Your dentist can thoroughly examine your teeth and provide an answer to the question that has probably been frustrating you, why do my teeth hurt?  It can be a number a reasons, but Dr. Melissa Elliott of Harford County Dentistry in Fallston MD wants to review the usual suspect with you:

Cavity Causing Tooth Pain

A cavity is simply decay in your tooth stemming from bacteria eating away at enamel unchecked. Cavities create sensitivity that results in tooth pain. Cavities are easiest to manage when they are small and the tooth can be saved. Sometimes a filling falls out or is damaged, which creates issues with your bite, leading to pain. A visit to your dentist can usually determine what needs to be done to eliminate the pain.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ

If you find that you wake up with a sore jaw or notice that you bear down on your teeth during idle time, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist has solutions to save your teeth from excessive wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Abscessed Tooth

A tooth abscess forms when there is an infection at the tooth’s roots caused by bacteria infiltrating the inside of the tooth, usually through a crack or chip. They are extremely painful and only a visit to the dentist can help as antibiotics need to be administered and the tooth treated. Failure to address an abscess can lead to a widespread infection.

Wisdom Teeth Coming In

When your wisdom teeth erupt, they can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. A dental examination allows your dentist to determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.


Injury caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can cause any number of problems including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment

When you have your braces adjusted, you are likely to experience some level of tooth pain. This is normal and using an over-the-counter pain reliever, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax  to coat the rough edges of the metal should do the trick.

Teeth Whitening

Many patients experience some sensitivity after undergoing a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should resolve itself within a day. Consult your dentist if it is too painful or problematic.

Relieve Tooth Pain in Fallston, MD

No matter what the reason, we know tooth pain can be miserable, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?”. Schedule an appointment online with Dr. Melissa Elliott of Harford County Dentistry in Fallston today, or call our scheduling specialist on (410) 994-2627. Most dentists have set aside appointments for dental emergencies involving patients experiencing pain. Your dentist will do their best to help you find relief as quickly as they can.