When a toothache strikes, your first response my not always be to call your dentist and schedule a visit to find out why. In fact, many people try a variety of home remedies to relieve their sensitive teeth before they consider seeking dental treatment for it, especially if the sensitivity is still minor. However, if you don’t know why your tooth hurts, then trying to alleviate the pain is almost sure to fail. Today, we examine reasons why your tooth might hurt before you realize why, and how seeking treatment as soon as possible could save your tooth from more serious trouble.

The tooth is damaged where you can’t see it

If your tooth is damaged in an accident, then chances are that you’re aware of the trauma and the moment your tooth was damaged. Yet, not all cases of tooth damage occur from accidental trauma, and some teeth can become worn-down, fractured, or broken before you realize it. While you might not be aware of the moment your tooth became damaged, the trauma to your tooth structure can still make the tooth hurt. After a careful examination at your dentist’s office, your dentist can pinpoint exactly where the tooth has been damaged, the extent of it, and the most appropriate treatment to restore the tooth and alleviate your discomfort.

A cavity is starting to form in the tooth

A cavity is a more progressive issue than direct damage to your tooth structure, and you’re less likely to notice it when it first develops by any changes to your tooth’s appearance. A cavity is the product of tooth decay, which begins when oral bacteria release substances that erode the enamel protecting your teeth. When this erosion is frequent enough, it can leave your tooth unprotected and exposed to infection by harmful oral bacteria. As the enamel grows weak, your tooth can become more sensitive, though it could take a professional examination by your dentist to detect the cavity and treat it before the situation grows more severe.

The gums around the tooth are receding

The enamel that surrounds the visible portion of your tooth is its main defense against things like oral bacteria, food particles, and other things that could irritate it. The roots of your teeth, which lie beneath your gums, are not covered by enamel and rely mainly on the integrity of your gums for protection. If you develop gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, the tissues can begin to recede from your teeth roots, leaving them exposed and causing your teeth to grow increasingly more sensitive. The more it progresses, the more of your gums and jawbone structure gum disease can erode, and the more intense your tooth pain can become.

Learn why your tooth hurts and how to treat it

You might not always know why your tooth hurts, but in most cases, it’s a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible for the good of your oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.