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What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Most individuals will experience some kind of tooth pain at some time in their lives. While tooth pain is typically located around a tooth, it could sometimes radiate into the jaws and neck. In most cases, this pain is excruciating and sharp, but some people may only feel mild and protracted pain.

A careful evaluation by your dentist at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, Dr. David Gordon or Dr. Nate Criddle, can help pinpoint the cause and exact nature of your pain.

Possible Causes of Your Tooth Pain

Lots of different factors could contribute to tooth pain, and in plenty of cases, the pain is exacerbated by the cold, heat, or even chewing. Likewise, in many cases, the pain is due to the underlying nerves and tooth-root being exposed because of tooth damage or gum recession. Regular cleanings and exams with your dentist in Lehi, UT, can typically determine and treat the cause of your pain before you even feel any symptoms. That being said, tooth pain is caused by:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth root sensitivity
  • Gum disease
  • Fractured teeth
  • Erupting or impact molars
  • TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder – Aside from pain in the tooth, jaw, neck, and ears, this also causes muscle spasms.

Other Tooth Pain Causes That Has Nothing to Do With Your Teeth

Certain forms of tooth pain might result from non-dental problems and could indicate more severe health conditions. Jaw and tooth pain may indicate sinus or ear infections, while the same pain might indicate an imminent onset of angina or heart attack.

Rarely, nerve disorders like neuralgia could present as chronic pain similar to a toothache. Once your Lehi dentist has ruled out the exact cause of your pain, then you’ll need to check in with your primary care provider to pinpoint why you’re experiencing pain.

How to Alleviate Tooth Pain

In most instances, the placement of a crown or filling could ease pain coming from a damaged or broken tooth. This will entail removing all decayed portions inside the tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned out, it will be repaired as needed, by placing a dental filling or a crown over the affected tooth. Take note though that more serious issues may need a tooth extraction, oral surgery, or more invasive treatments.

We Can Help Ease Your Tooth Pain, Contact Us

Dial (801) 766-6344 to schedule a consultation with your dentist here at Gordon Family Dental in Lehi UT, Dr. David Gordon, or Dr. Nate Criddle, now.

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