Why does my tooth suddenly hurt?
We all experience aches and pains from time and time, and while you may just brush off achy feet or sore muscles, it’s important that you don’t just ignore changes or problems with your teeth and gums. After all, teeth don’t typically cause pain unless there is a problem. In fact, a toothache is considered an urgent matter that requires emergency dentistry. If you are dealing with a toothache, here’s why you should visit your dentist, Dr. Ryan Allen of Station Park Dental in Farmington, UT, as soon as possible.
It could be a cavity
When people come into our office complaining of a toothache, it’s usually due to decay. Decay happens gradually, and everything from poor hygiene and diets rich in sugar and starches can increase your risk for cavities. If you suddenly notice that your tooth is bugging you, it could very well be a cavity.
It could be tooth sensitivity
If you experience a zapping pain in one of your teeth whenever you consume something hot or cold, then you are most likely dealing with tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity may be the result of a cracked, broken, or overly worn tooth. If you notice pain every time you sip your morning mug of coffee or while eating ice cream, it’s a good idea to see a dentist to find out what’s going on.
It could be gum disease
One symptom of gum disease is receding gums. You may not notice these subtle changes at first, but as pockets of infection continue to grow between the teeth and gums, you may suddenly notice that your teeth appear longer than they used to (this is due to atrophy of the gum tissue). As gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth, which can also lead to tooth pain and increased sensitivity.
While our dental office is currently closed for routine checkups due to Covid-19, it’s important for our Farmington, UT, patients to know that we are still offering emergency dentistry. If you are dealing with a toothache, broken tooth, or damaged dentures, know that the team at Station Park Dental can still provide you with immediate care. For dental emergencies, please call us anytime at (801) 797-0068.