Even One Sore Tooth Could Be a Sign of An Oral Health Problem
Posted on 5/24/2021 by Dagon Jones DDS
If you have one sore tooth, do not ignore it because it is only one tooth. You need to have the problem assessed, as pain is an indicator that something is wrong with your oral health.
What It May Mean to Have a Sore Tooth
Any kind of sore tooth pain can result from one of several reasons. Therefore, it is not something you should take lightly. Usually, a sore tooth is caused by an irritated nerve - either a nerve in a tooth or an adjacent tooth. This can result from dental decay, an infection, or referred pain. Pain in another area of the body can also radiate to the jaw. In this case, the pain may be associated with a temporomandibular joint disorder, sinus pain, ear pain, or even a problem with the heart.
How Oral Bacteria Can Contribute to a Sore Tooth
Bacteria growing inside the mouth can cause dental decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to discomfort. This can be prevented by regular brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and evening) and floss at least once daily to keep your teeth free of germs, clean, and polished. We can apply fluoride and sealants to prevent further issues with a sore tooth.
Direct Causes of a Sore Tooth or Toothache Pain
A toothache often occurs from inflammation of the central part of the tooth known as the pulp. The pulp contains all the tooth's nerves. Therefore, this part of the tooth is extremely sensitive to any pain or discomfort. Inflammation of the tooth's pulp, also called pulpitis, develops from an infection, tooth decay, or trauma. As noted, referred pain from the jaw can also lead to a sore tooth. Therefore, a sore tooth is not a minor matter. You need to have it checked, as it can negatively impact your oral health and overall well-being.
Would you like to know more about treatments for a sore tooth or a toothache? If so, give us a call today and let us know about what you are experiencing. Call us for an appointment now.
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