Tysons Dentistry

What Tooth Tenderness Can Mean for Oral Health

July 16, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Shohreh Shahram
Dentist Vienna VA

Toothaches don’t always have to be severe. Sometimes you can experience tooth sensitivity that might just seem annoying but not really painful. But if you are noticing tooth tenderness, it probably means that a trip to the dentist is in order, just to play it safe. Call your dentist in Vienna, VA, if you are experiencing any kind of tooth tenderness. You could be putting your oral health at risk if you put it off.

Tooth Tenderness

The fact is, that even the most conscientious brusher and flosser with the best at-home oral care routine will probably experience some kind of tooth tenderness in his or her life. It could be something as innocuous as a cavity, which is minor but still needs to be tended to by your dentist. There are other possible causes of tooth tenderness, however, all of which mean a trip to the dentist is in order.

For example, if you are experiencing pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, this could just mean a cavity. It could also mean that you have sensitive teeth because your gums are receding or your tooth enamel is thinning.  Go easy on your oral care while you wait for your dentist appointment by using a soft-head tooth brush and toothpaste designed to help ease sensitivity.  

If the pain is more than tenderness, and it downright hurts when you bit down, this could mean you have a cracked tooth. A throbbing pain that just won’t go away could indicate an infection, and this needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause pain.

It Could Mean Pain That Is Not in Your Teeth

Sometimes a sinus infection makes it feel like you have a toothache, when it is really an indicator of nasal congestion and sinus tenderness. This warrants a call to your doctor.

In other cases, you could have pain that is really jaw pain rather than pain in your teeth. If you had some kind of blow to the jaw, or if you are a tooth grinder, or if you have arthritis that is affecting your jaw, this too can mean tenderness that is really not in your teeth.

See Your Dentist to Get to the Source of the Pain

It’s best not to take chances on any kind of tooth tenderness, so give us a call at Tysons Dentistry, your dentist in Vienna, VA.



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