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Common Causes of Tooth Pain

By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on August 28, 2015

A woman clutching her jaw with a pained expression on her face due to tooth painTooth pain can make getting through the day nearly impossible for even the toughest of the tough. While modern restorative dentistry treatments can be used to return damaged teeth to their former glory, that is of little consolation to a person who is currently suffering with excruciating tooth pain. Such a person simply wants to escape the agony and be able to eat, drink, and speak normally once again.

Fortunately, at the cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry practice of Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S., we are able to address both uncommon and common causes of tooth pain. At our Fountain Valley office, we provide immediate relief for pain, whatever its source, and then diagnose its underlying cause and arrive at an optimal treatment plan. Patients emerge from treatment not only feeling dramatically better in the short term, but knowing that their long-term oral health is assured.

If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, we urge you to make an appointment to see Dr. Mortensen today.

What are the most common causes of tooth pain?

At the onset of tooth pain, you should immediately brush and floss your teeth. Sometimes this alone can help to alleviate discomfort, especially if food or debris has become lodged in between your teeth. However, if your pain does not subside within an hour or two, or if it worsens, you should seek professional dental treatment. Do not assume that the pain will pass.

The most common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Structural damage to teeth: Whether a tooth is damaged by decay or trauma, when it becomes structurally compromised, pain can ensue. If you chip or crack a tooth, you should immediately visit our office, even if you do not experience pain right away. The chances are good that the pain will eventually catch up to you if you don’t take measures to prevent it.
  • Root canal infections: Each of your teeth contains between one and four chambers called root canals. Each canal contains a substance called dental pulp, comprising nerves, blood vessels, and nutrients that are essential to the health of the tooth. When this pulp becomes diseased or infected, the result is often terrible pain. If left untreated, a root canal infection will eventually lead to the death of the tooth.
  • Gum disease: The most common disease among American adults, gum disease can lead to general mouth pain, including tooth pain. As the gums pull away from the teeth, the teeth can also become loose, resulting in pain.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding. People who chronically grind their teeth are at risk not only of tooth pain, but also of jaw pain, neck pain, and head pain.

If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to manage the pain while waiting for your dental appointment. If you are experiencing any external swelling, apply ice to the swollen area. However, do not delay treatment. Doing so could cause further long-term damage to your oral health.

Contact the Practice of Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S.

To schedule an appointment at our cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry practice, please contact the office of Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S. today.

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Ste 109
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Open Today 7:30am - 4:30pm

More Info Directions (714) 964-4183