Tooth pain can develop gradually or suddenly. You may notice an increased sensitivity that gets worse over time, or you may experience a sudden, sharp pain when biting down on something. Tooth pain should be checked out by our Huntington Beach dentist because it could be a sign of a dental problem.
The most common causes of tooth pain include:
• Enamel erosion, which is a common result of a diet high in acid or aggressive tooth brushing
• Gum recession, which can happen with age or periodontal disease
• Untreated decay, which can leave the dentin exposed
• A damaged or worn restoration, which can allow decay to develop beneath the filling or crown
• A cracked or broken tooth, which can lead to nerve exposure or damage
• Infection or abscess, which can destroy the tissues inside the tooth
If the pain began suddenly, floss gently around the tooth to dislodge any debris that could be causing irritation, and swish with warm salt water. If the pain continues even after carefully brushing and flossing, it needs to be checked out to identify the cause. Teeth that are simply sensitive often respond well to desensitizing toothpaste, which blocks the painful sensations. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in treatment of tooth pain in Huntington Beach.