I have a sore tooth. What could be the cause?

I have a sore tooth. What could be the cause

Tooth sensitivity can occur at any time and may present indefinitely or infrequently. It usually does not affect one’s ability to go about daily activities.

There are several possible causes of a sore tooth and each of these is likely to manifest differently.

One kind of tooth sensitivity is a short, sharp pain associated with eating or drinking cold or hot foods. Often this kind of tooth soreness is experienced when there is tooth decay or gum recession or when tooth enamel has been worn down by clenching and grinding the teeth.

Excessive clenching or grinding can also cause teeth to crack or develop small fracture lines, and this can also be a cause of tooth sensitivity.

Another kind of tooth sensitivity is experienced as a short, sharp pain or a dull, lingering pain. You may have difficulty biting down on the tooth and find that the only way to relieve the pain is with analgesics. This discomfort may be related to dental decay that has progressed into the nerve of the tooth, so you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

Alternatively, erupted wisdom teeth can press on adjacent teeth, causing jaw discomfort that often results in a sharp toothache.

A less common, but still significant, cause of a sore tooth is sinus infection, which is often accompanied by a blocked nose and tenderness around the sinus.

You might also have a sore tooth after a filling has been placed. This kind of sensitivity will generally wear off after one to two weeks.

Irrespective of the kind of soreness you are experiencing, it is best to seek professional advice. Your dentist will diagnose the problem and devise a treatment plan in consultation with you.

Please call one of our friendly Core Dental reception staff on 13 13 16 to book an appointment today.

Iolanda Testa, BOH (La Trobe)
Dental Hygienist