Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain


Tooth pain is not a planned event.One never realizes how much we depend on healthy and pain free teeth until there is an issue which either makes the teeth sensitive or painful that makes it hard to chew or eat certain foods. Tooth pain can be caused by a number of different factors, but one thing is certain: tooth pain is debilitating, uncomfortable, inconvenient and sometimes even unbearable.

Here are the most common causes of tooth pain:


Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that appearas tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.

Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including the infants.

Tooth decay is by far the most common cause of tooth pain, and the pain can manifest itself in a variety of ways depending on the extent of decay. Some of the most common symptoms associated with tooth decay are mild sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, sharp pain upon biting, and constant to severe pain or pressure in the jaw. Tooth decay can occur even if you’re brushing and flossing, which is why it’s important you see a dentist at least twice a year.

  • Loose filling

A loose filling can also cause plenty of discomfort. Loose fillings usually cause pain when you bite into something and often you will experience sharp pain. A loose filling can also cause sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages. A loose filling can be fixed by a visit to your dentist, so schedule an appointment with us and we’ll help diagnose the problem.

  • Crack in your tooth

A more severe tooth injury, a cracked tooth can be caused by decay or trauma and is often associated with sharp shooting pain while chewing. If your tooth is cracked, usually biting into something becomes extremely painful. Depending on the severity of the crack, it might change the way we have to go about treating your tooth, but with the discomfort a cracked tooth causes, we will work out the best solution.

  • Grinding teeth

Have a lot of stress? Trouble sleeping? Grinding your teeth is a very common problem and can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and other related symptoms. This condition is known as bruxism. Talking to our team might help find out how to help your bruxism. Be careful, though, as the same dull ache in your teeth and jaw can be caused by a sinus headache.


When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can’t drain out, the area will get more swollen and painful. This is called an abscess. The abscess forms a barrier around the infection. This is one way that your body tries to keep a bacterial infection from spreading.

Abscesses can form and spread very quickly. Sometimes they form only one or two days after the infection starts.

Most abscesses are painful, so people usually seek treatment right away. Sometimes the infection causes little or no pain. If an abscess is not treated, the infection can last for months or even years. It will not go away on its own, so it’s important not to ignore the symptoms.

If the infection is not treated, it can damage the surrounding bone and teeth. A hollow tunnel sometimes forms through the bone and skin to allow pus to drain. This tunnel is called a fistula or “sinus tract.” You might see or feel this opening inside your mouth. It looks like a pimple. If you have pus draining through a fistula, you might notice a strange or salty taste in your mouth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Gainesville, Virginia, call Gainesville Dental Arts today at 703-743-2324 or make an appointment.



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