Tooth Pain: Why Does it Happen?

We all experience dental pain at some point in our lives. It could be caused by many factors, but the key to finding relief is identifying the root cause.

Let’s talk about three of the most common cause of tooth pain along with the best ways to find lasting solutions to each. That way, you’ll be able to prevent more damage, repair existing damage and, more importantly, regain your comfort.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth pain for most people. It usually starts as gingivitis with swollen, red and tender gums that bleed at the slightest provocation.

Gingivitis, if left untreated, will progress to periodontitis, a more advanced form of the disease. Periodontitis is more severe and the damage can be permanent, often pulling the gums away from the teeth.

This ends up creating pockets of infection that destroy the supporting bones and fibers of the teeth. In many cases, the teeth may have to be pulled or may even fall out on their own.

Simple preventative habits like proper and regular brushing, along with flossing, can help you protect your teeth from gingivitis and periodontitis. Once the condition has set in, you’ll definitely need the expertise of your dentist to restore your dental health. LANAP, a laser treatment, is usually used in these cases.


Along with gum diseases, cavities also come in as one of the common causes of tooth pain.

This dental pain begins with bacterial accumulation on the tooth, forming plaque. The resulting plaque then breaks down the minerals on tooth surfaces, causing small pits. These pits of infection and decay are called cavities.

Not treating cavities can lead to serious damage and even infection. Staying protected against cavities will largely depend on your dietary habits as well as your oral hygiene.

Brushing and flossing properly will go a long way in clearing bacterial accumulation on your teeth. You also need to ensure you’re being consistent and brushing and flossing every day.

Missing Teeth

Missing a tooth or teeth can be embarrassing. But it can also make speaking and eating difficult. Losing one or more teeth can cause dental pain and generally affect your quality of life.

Dental implants, dentures and other restorative procedures can help you get your smile back and end any pain in the area.

If you would like more information on tooth pain or need to schedule an appointment, call us today at 970-221-5115.

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