Your teeth hurting may be a sign of oral health deterioration. There are a multitude of reasons why your teeth may end up hurting, and in this article we will tackle the main culprits of what’s causing the lingering discomfort inside your mouth.
What is causing all my teeth to ache?
If you suffering from generalized pain all across your mouth, the number one cause is typically teeth grinding habits. Grinding occurs on both sides of the mouth, and causes enamel erosion and breakdown over time. When your tooth enamel begins eroding away, the inside layer of your tooth becomes exposed. This layer is known as dentin, and it is a very sensitive area of the tooth. Whether it’s water, hot tea, lemons, cold water, or any other outside stimulus, you may end up having generalized teeth pain all across your mouth.
How do I get my teeth to stop hurting?
The first step in alleviating tooth pain is to find out the culprit of what is causing the discomfort:
- Dental caries: Tooth cavities can cause tooth pain. The solution to the problem may be a tooth filling or a dental root canal if the cavity has penetrated into the nerve tissue of the tooth itself.
- Teeth Grinding: If you happen to brux your teeth, and your enamel has eroded away, your dentist may prescribe you a prescription based toothpaste known as Prevident. He or she will recommend that you use this paste for a period of two months to help alleviate the discomfort that you may be having. Prevident has anti-sensitivity properties that can help relieve your tooth pain symptoms over time.
- Occlusion problems (bite adjustment): If your bite is not even for whatever reason (a new crown was cemented that’s too tall, or braces has shifted some of your teeth into an uncomfortable position) then your dentist will need to adjust your bite. Placing too much pressure on your teeth can cause severe discomfort, and can lead to your teeth hurting for an extended period of time. An occlusal equilibration will more than likely be recommended by your dentist if this is the case.
Why do my teeth hurt when I drink water?
There are two main reasons why this happens:
- A large cavity has formed on your tooth: Dental caries exposes your tooth, and makes it very sensitive to cold water. To fix this issue, as mentioned previously, a root canal or a larger dental filling may be necessary.
- Your enamel has eroded away: Whether it’s from bruxing, tooth erosion, or biting issues, enamel erosion can lead to sensitivity when drinking water. Prescription based toothpastes may help this problem, but if they don’t your dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the nerves of the teeth that are bothering you. For more severe cases where teeth have really worn down, a full mouth reconstruction may even be recommended.
Can stress make your teeth hurt?
Absolutely. When we have a lot of stress in our lives, we tend to clench and grind our teeth together. This causes inflammation in the areas around the teeth causing them to feel uncomfortable and hurt for a period of time. Stress relief can be a cure to your tooth ache woes. Stress can also lead to anxiety, and there have been studies that have shown that patients dealing with high levels of anxious behavior tend to clench their teeth at a higher rate than the rest of the population. This can lead to teeth that are sensitive and hurt the patient.
Will a toothache go away by itself?
Unfortunately, in most instances a toothache will not remedy itself, but it really depends on what is causing the pain in the first place. If it’s a dental cavity, then a filling or a root canal need to be performed to remedy the pain. If the pain is from clenching or biting habits from stress or other genetic factors (bruxing), then there is a small chance the pain will go away on its own. For patients who are habitual grinders, a dental night guard may be recommended.
If you are suffering from teeth that are hurting, you need to see a dental professional as soon as possible. As soon as your clinician makes a proper diagnosis, you can feel relieved that you are on the road to recovery. If you have any lingering questions, feel free to call our team today. We hope to meet you soon!