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4 Causes of dental pain

Suffering pain in a tooth, whether it’s ongoing or intermittent, is an incredibly unpleasant experience and can be quite mentally debilitating over time.

There are a number of potential causes of dental pain, and identifying the cause can help you to work out what to do about it.

Sensitive teeth

You’ve probably seen adverts on TV talking about toothpaste designed to ease sensitive teeth, but this sensitivity is usually a sign that there’s a problem with the tooth itself, and as such you should see a dentist to diagnose the issue.


It could be a small area of decay, a loose filling or even an exposed root, however you may also experience some sensitivity following dental treatment. If it’s the latter, fortunately this should only last a few weeks at most.


In the meantime, be sure to brush regularly and thoroughly, and don’t neglect the gum line. As previously mentioned, there are toothpastes marketed specifically for people with sensitive teeth, but any toothpaste containing fluoride works well too.

Pain while chewing

Similar to sensitivity, a sharp pain when chewing could be down to decay, a loose filling or cracked tooth.


In any case, you need to book a dental appointment straight away. A loose filling can be resolved easily, though you might need to see a specialist if the issue is more serious.


If you experience a lingering pain after eating it could indicate an infection, so again it’s important to see your dentist ASAP. Not only do you want to avoid the pain getting worse, but if bacteria is allowed to build up it can develop into an abscess that could be life-threatening. A root canal will be used to save the tooth, or it can be removed.

Dull ache and pressure on upper teeth

This might not be anything to do with your teeth at all, but could actually be sinus related. That’s because your upper teeth share the same nerves as your sinus cavity.


It could also be caused by clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, so you should see a dentist and/or your GP to diagnose the symptoms before they get worse.

Constant pain

If you’re experiencing constant pain in a tooth or teeth it’s vital that you get this dealt with quickly, as it’s an acute sign of an infection.


Root canal surgery and antibiotics can be used to treat it, but make sure you get it treated, because as previously mentioned an infection can lead to a fatal abscess.


Our best advice? If you’re experiencing dental pain of any kind, seek help from your dentist. It might be nothing, but the consequences of neglecting a problem with your teeth could be very serious.

We are pleased to inform all patients seeking dental treatment that our practices are, and will remain open to cater to all your dental needs and maintain your oral health. We are available should you need advice, urgent care, or simply wish to attend for any other dental treatment. Our practices operate under the strictest government guidance and coronavirus protocols. Your safety and the safety of your family remains our priority. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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