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The Top Reasons you Feel Pain in your Mouth

Posted on 9/15/2015 by Zac Bird
A man suffering from tooth pain.Have you noticed a pain your mouth that is making it difficult or uncomfortable for you to eat, chew, or speak? There are a variety of causes for mouth pain, some of which involve the teeth. Find out some of the top reasons that you might be feeling pain in your mouth.

Tooth Sensitivity

Have you noticed that you feel pain in your teeth when you eat foods that are either particularly cold or hot? You could be experiencing tooth sensitivity, which is caused when fluid moves within the tiny tubes found in the dentin, the layer of the tooth situated directly beneath the enamel. This movement, as slight as it might be, can result in the irritation of the nerves. Additionally, if the enamel is worn down, tiny tube surfaces can be exposed, causing pain when drinking cold or hot beverages or exposing your teeth to cold air.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, you can consult with us for tips. However, in many cases, simply switching to sensitivity-reducing toothpaste can be all the change that you need to strengthen the enamel and reduce sensitivity.


Cavities are tooth decay, or damage of the tooth, and they can affect the inner dentin or the outer enamel. Decay, and ultimately, cavities, is caused when foods that are high in carbohydrates stay on the teeth. The bacteria turn these food particles into acid, and if not removed, the acid can form plaque that will cling to the teeth before dissolving the enamel and creating the holes known as cavities.

Many people are under the impression that only kids get cavities, but they can actually result at any point in your life. As you age, your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth, exposing the roots to plaque. You'll likely experience pain in the tooth until we are able to repair it.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a painful infection that is found at the root of the tooth. It is most commonly caused by a severe form of tooth decay, but trauma, such as when a tooth is chipped or broken, can also cause an abscess, as can gum disease. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth will include a toothache that is continuous and severe, resulting in a throbbing, gnawing, shooting, or sharp pain. Other symptoms you may experience with an abscessed tooth include fever, pain while chewing, and tooth sensitivity. In many cases, a root canal will be needed to correct the problem.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge that will connect the jaw to your skull at the temporal bones, found in front of each of the ears. This hinge allows you to move your jaw so that you can chew, talk, and yawn. Unfortunately, this joint can result in a variety of problems known as temporomandibular disorders, and symptoms include pain in the face and jaw joint areas, specifically when you speak, chew, or open your mouth wide. You may also experience an uncomfortable bite or swelling on the side of your face.


Bruxism is a condition in which you grind the teeth, either unconsciously or while you are sleeping, and it can be the cause of significant mouth pain. Teeth grinding can cause complications like damage to the teeth, jaw, crowns, or other restorations. Additionally, facial pain and tension headaches can result. Be sure to discuss your concerns about grinding with us, as we may be able to prescribe a custom mouth guard to help reduce the chance of tooth damage and pain.

If you have been experiencing an uncomfortable mouth problem that is causing you pain, please contact us today for an appointment.

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