Pain is a way for our bodies to communicate with us. When you feel tooth pain, essentially what’s occurring is the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of the affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and relaying a warning in the form of a sensation. This sensation may range from minor and passing to throbbing and constant. Tooth pain can be a sign of one of a variety of issues, so it’s important to stay on top of your oral health and listen to the signs your body is giving you. Here are the top 5 reasons you might be experiencing tooth pain:
- Cavity. Oral bacteria feeds on food particles trapped in your mouth, producing acid that can eat through the protective tooth enamel into the sensitive dentin below creating cavities. Luckily this can be prevented with a daily routine of brushing and flossing twice a day.
- Enamel Erosion. Your tooth enamel is susceptible to wear from the acids in your diet and gastric acids from acid reflux and vomiting.
- Loose, Old, or Lost Filling. Over time, older fillings can start to loosen or corrode. Air, food particles and bacteria can penetrate and irritate exposed nerve endings if your filling is compromised.
- Tooth Grinding (bruxism)/Jaw Clenching. Referred to as parafunctional habits, these behaviors exert extreme stress on teeth and wear them down, causing increased tooth sensitivity and jaw soreness.
- Chip, Crack or Fracture. The pressure from teeth grinding and jaw clenching weakens your teeth by creating thin lines in the enamel that can develop into chips, cracks and fractures over time.
Pain is a warning of potential threats to your oral health. If you are looking for a family dentistry provider in Montville New Jersey to treat your tooth pain, contact Dr. Anthony Cannilla today. Dr. Cannilla is also a cosmetic dentist that specializes in tooth straightening, teeth whitening, implants, crowns and bridges.