What's Causing Your Tooth Pain When You Chew?

Teeth pain is an extremely common ailment that can have a variety of causes. Some of the most common culprits are cavities / tooth decay, gum disease. However, other causes such as infection, abscesses, and even stress can also lead to tooth pain. In most cases, the cause can be identified and treated with relative ease. However, in some instances, the cause may be more difficult to determine and may require a visit to the dentist.

Causes of tooth pain

Tooth decay

Tooth decay pain is a common problem. If the decay progresses and reaches the inner layer (Pulp, which consists of blood vessels and nerves) pain will be stimulated.

Generally, it starts with pain in the nighttime, and gradually persists throughout the day. It can be caused by a number of other factors also, including plaque build-up, poor oral hygiene, and sugary foods. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as swelling of gums in that region, oozing of the pus at the site of gum swelling, and swelling of the face at the affected side, foul smell. In some cases, the pain may be so severe that it interferes with daily activities. If you are experiencing tooth decay pain, see our dentist right away for treatment.

Impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are third molars that grow in during late adolescence and early adulthood. For most people, wisdom teeth come in without any problems. However, for some people, the wisdom teeth become impacted – meaning they don’t have enough room to grow in properly and get stuck in the gums and jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. In some cases, food particles can be accumulated in between the wisdom tooth and the other tooth, which may lead to dental decay of another tooth.  impacted wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

Gum disease

Gum disease is a common infection that affects the gums and bones that support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria, which are in the plaque (a sticky film on the teeth). The bacteria produce toxins that irritate the gums, making them red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. If gum disease is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease pain can be caused by the infection itself or by the inflammation that occurs as a result of it. The pain may be a throbbing sensation or a sharp, stabbing pain.

It may be constant or come and go. Treatment for gum disease usually involves antibiotics to clear the infection and scaling and periodontal therapy to remove the plaque/tartar from the teeth and gums.

Cracked tooth

When you have a cracked tooth, it can be very painful. This is because the crack in the tooth allows bacteria to get into the pulp of the tooth. The bacteria can cause an infection and inflammation in the pulp.

This can lead to tooth pain, swelling, and even a loss of teeth. If you have a cracked tooth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will be able to treat the crack and help to prevent any further damage to the tooth.

Gingival / Periodontal abscess:

A Gingival / Periodontal abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms in the tooth, gums, or jawbone. It's caused by an infection in the teeth and can be very painful. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the brain and heart. Treatment for a dental abscess includes antibiotics and surgical drainage.

Sensitivity to hot or cold food

The main reasons that cause sensitivity to hot and cold foods are teeth abrasion caused by aggressive brushing or improper brushing, Teeth attrition due to the aging process, Gums recession due to improper oral hygiene, cavity progression in deeper layers (into the dentin) of the tooth.

some people may have nerve damage that affects their ability to feel heat or cold. Others may have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, that makes them more sensitive to pain from hot or cold foods. If you are experiencing pain when eating hot or cold foods, it is important to consult with your doctor to determine the cause and find a treatment that works for you.

TMJ disorder

TMJ disorder is a condition that can cause pain in the jaw, face, and head. The pain may be severe enough to interfere with daily activities.

In conclusion, there are many potential causes of tooth pain when chewing. It is important to visit a dentist to determine the cause so that the proper treatment can be administered.