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Toothache and Sensitive Teeth : Top Causes

2017 04 19
Your teeth can feel pain when the sensitive inner part, known as the dentine, beneath the hard outer enamel, is exposed.

This thinning or wearing of the enamel, and resulting pain, can have various causes. We take a look at some of the common reason for dental pain.

Decay of the tooth, from eating sugary foods or drinking alcohol, for example, can lead to holes, or ‘cavities’, forming on the hard surface of the tooth (Source: NHS Choices). Good dental care, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, is vital to prevent this.

  • Loose or broken fillings

Fillings are designed to compensate for gaps or holes in existing teeth, but these can become loose or damaged through eating hard foods, such as toffee Emergency Dentistand cause significant pain (Source: NHS Choices).

  • Cracked tooth

Teeth can crack in a variety of ways, from simple cosmetic outer lines, to others that run all the way to the root. The result can be sensitive teeth, making it hard to eat. Thankfully, there are a variety of treatments available, including bonding, crowns and veneers (Source: OHF)

  • Receding gums

Also known as gingival recession, receding gums expose the roots of the teeth. It normally affects people over 40, but can also affect younger people (Source: Wikipedia).

  • Dental abscess

This is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, gums or bone in the mouth, causing pain. It is caused by bacterial infection and requires attention from a dentist (Source: NHS Choices).

  • Emerging teeth

These can cause pain similar to toothache or sensitive teeth in gums near the affected area. For example, wisdom teeth can cause pain in the affected gums nearby (Source: NHS Choices).