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When it comes to pain, many people will either boast that they can handle anything or cringe at the mere thought of getting a papercut.Tooth pain, on the other hand, seems to be the great equalizer, bringing even the toughest of people to their knees. In most cases, tooth sensitivity and dental pain will generally subside after a while with proper brushing and flossing. However, if the thought of allowing someone to drill the pain away actually sounds appealing, you may be suffering from a serious dental problem.

Dental pains not to ignore

Fortunately, most toothaches are just toothaches, but any of the following dental pains really should warrant further attention:

  • Mild to moderate pain that is not alleviated by over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Discomfort while eating or drinking
  • Pain when releasing bite
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Red, puffy, and/or bleeding gums

Why you might be feeling pain

There are many possible conditions that could be causing your tooth pain or mouth sensitivity, including:

Cavity / tooth decay

When food gets stuck in your teeth and is not taken care of through proper oral health, the bacteria turns it into acid, which combines with your saliva to form plaque. Cavities develop when plaque dissolves tooth enamel and creates holes that expose the sensitive inner layer or dentin.

Fractured tooth

A broken or fractured tooth can cause severe tooth pain if the dentin and the pulp tissue are affected. You may have a cracked tooth if you experience pain when chewing, especially when releasing a bite, or experience tooth sensitivity when you eat something hot or cold.

Gum disease

The leading cause for sensitive gums is plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Without proper oral health, this buildup not only causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), but can lead to the gums pulling away from the tooth (periodontitis), and the pocket of tissue around the root becoming infected.


If your tooth pain is accompanied by jaw pain, difficulty biting, or a popping sensation when you chew, then your temporomandibular joint or TMJ joint may have been injured or become inflamed.


When bacteria invade the dental pulp, it can lead to a dental infection that spreads all the way down the tip of the root. The resulting swelling and inflammation of the root tip can cause a tooth abscess.

Mouth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin is exposed, indicating a variety of possible problems such as a cavity, a lost or loose filling, or an exposed root surface.

Why do you want to go to a dentist?

If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms or conditions, only professional dental treatments by an experienced dentist will help you find relief. The dental treatments will vary due to the nature and severity of your condition, but they could include:

  • An improved dental regimen that combines proper brushing and flossing techniques with a recommended toothpaste
  • Getting a dental filling that will protect the exposed dentin
  • Antibiotics to help kill off the bacteria that is causing the infection

By addressing tooth pain head on at the earliest possible stage, the tooth pain expertsat Valley Dental Group can alleviate your symptoms and help you avoid more serious dental treatments like crowns, root canals, tooth extractions, and dental surgeries. We are dedicated to maximizing your oral health, so don’t hesitate to call our friendly team today!

To find out more, call our tooth pain experts at 425-336-1574!