What is Causing Your Tooth
Pain and How Can You Get Rid
B L O G | S U N R I S E D E N T I S T R Y
Tooth pain is often caused by
problems with your teeth or jaw. The
degree of tooth pain can range from
mild to severely painful.
Treatment options for tooth pain may
be as easy as improving your oral
health care routine, or as demanding
as oral surgery.
What Are the Four Most Common
Forms of Tooth Pain and Their
It is very important to pay close
attention to the type and duration of
your teeth sensitivity. Are you
sensitive to hot or cold temperatures?
Does the pain stop quickly, or does it
last for 30 seconds or more?
A damaged enamel and gum
recession may cause relatively minor
sensitivity to both hot and cold
The pain often subsides quickly.
Switching to a toothpaste for
sensitive teeth and avoiding hot,
cold, or acidic foods and drinks
should offer you tooth pain relief.
If your sensitivity does not
improve within a week, then its
cause is probably more serious.
Check for tooth decay, worn teeth
fillings, gum disease, or exposed
Dull and Persistent Tooth Pain
This is considered to be the most
common form of tooth pain. Again,
you have to pay close attention to the
duration and severity of the
symptom. How long does the pain
Is it constant, or does it come in
waves? Are there specific times when
it is more painful? Is it triggered by
movements, foods, drinks, or
temperatures? Can you localize the
pain? Is it just on one tooth or more?
If the pain is minor and constant
with gum swelling, something is
probably stuck in your gums or
between your teeth. Flossing and
brushing should help get rid of the
If the pain extends to the jaw, teeth
grinding, especially at night, could be
the culprit. You can ask your dentist
for a nightguard.
However, dull tooth pain could have a
much more severe cause, especially if
it is constant.
Constant pain is often caused by an
abscess due to infection. In this case, it