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What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Do you constantly feel pain in one of your teeth? This might be a sign that your tooth is damaged. The primary reason why a toothache is painful is that a nerve in an affected tooth root is inflamed or irritated. With that said, the most typical causes of tooth pain include tooth infection, injury, loss of a tooth, or decay.

In some cases, however, the root cause of tooth pain isn’t so obvious. In these instances, you can consult with the Greenville, NC, office of Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez to find the cause of your tooth pain.

Reasons Why You Have Tooth Pain

Your tooth pain may be caused by various reasons, such as the following:

  • Tooth Decay: Cavities or tooth decay could form when there is a buildup of bacteria on the surface of a tooth that could wear down the enamel. Cavities are normally painless, but when the decay progresses into the tooth’s middle layer, pain is often felt.
  • Gum Disease: This means that your gums are infected. If left untreated, the gums deteriorate and bone loss occurs, making the roots of your teeth exposed to plaque and prone to decay and sensitivity.
  • Bruxism: This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth unconsciously. This may lead to tooth sensitivity or facial pain in the long run.
  • Tooth Abscess: When the pulp inside your tooth dies, a tooth abscess occurs. The dead tissue creates a pocket of pus and bacteria called an abscess. Inflammation or infection of a tooth could result in this.
  • A Fractured Tooth: This is when a tooth is either split or cracked. Tooth fractures could cause throbbing pain, as the fracture exposes the pulp of the tooth to irritation and infection.
  • An Impacted Tooth: Other teeth, gums, or bone could cause a tooth to not move into its proper position. The tooth is left under the gum, which causes pain, pressure, and soreness in the jaw.
  • Pulpitis or Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp: This happens when tooth decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, making it irritated and inflamed.

When Should You See Your Dentist for Tooth Pain?

If you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms, visit your dentist in Greenville, NC, as soon as possible:

  • Trauma or injury to a tooth.
  • There is swelling around your tooth or jaw.
  • Your tooth is suddenly extremely sensitive to either low or high temperatures
  • It hurts when you chew.
  • There is bleeding around the tooth or gums.
  • Your tooth is chipped or cracked.
  • You have a toothache with fever, drainage, swelling, or a pocket of pus at the same time.
  • You have a missing dental crown or dental filling.

For Concerns About Your Oral Health or Dental Emergencies, Contact Us

Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez of Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. here in Greenville, NC, by calling (252) 756-7789.

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Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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    "Dr. Davila is such a nice and caring dentist. She doesn't rush her time with you, and she makes you feel genuinely cared for. Her and Dr. Velasquez make a great team, and their staff is very friendly and caring as well. Good office atmosphere. I would recommend them to friends and family. "


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Greenville, NC Dentist
Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A.
120 Oakmont Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
 (252) 756-7789
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