Do not Ignore Sudden Tooth Pain – Your Teeth may be Telling you Something

  • Dental Health   •   January 13, 2023

Nothing grabs your attention like a sharp tooth pain, seemingly hitting you out of nowhere while you’re eating or drinking. But there is a reason for your sudden agony and the sooner you find it out, the better the outcome for your oral health.

To understand tooth pain or sensitivity

We need to first look at the three layers of the tooth anatomy

  • In the center is the pulp filled with blood vessels and nerve bundles: it’s completely covered by the next layer dentin.
  • Dentin is a soft tissue filled with microscopic tubules that transmit sensations like pressure or temperature to the pulp nerves.
  • The third layer is enamel, which completely covers the crown, the visible part of a tooth.
    • Enamel protects the two innermost tooth layers from disease and also helps muffle sensations so the tooth’s nerves aren’t overwhelmed.
    • The enamel stops at about the gum line; below it the gums provide similar protection and sensation shielding to the dentin of the tooth roots.

Get relief for your toothache now! Don’t wait – call us today at (914) 682-4005 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andres Ibanez or Dra. Olga Lombo, they are waiting for you to help you get back on the path to a healthy smile!

Periodontal Disease Causes Tooth Pain

Problems occur, though, when the dentin below the gums becomes exposed, most commonly because of periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection caused by dental plaque triggers inflammation, which over time can weaken gum tissues and cause them to detach and shrink back (or recede) from the teeth. This can leave the root area vulnerable to disease and the full brunt of environmental sensations that then travel to the nerves in the pulp.

At Central Dental, we follow the recommendations of the AAP American Academy of Periodontology which recommends an annual periodontal evaluation to assess your gum health and identify possible gum disease. Request your appointment as soon as possible.

Tooth decay can also create conditions that cause sensitivity

Decay begins when certain oral bacteria multiply and produce higher than normal levels of acid. The acid in turn dissolves the enamel’s mineral content to create holes (cavities) that expose the dentin. Not treated, the infection can eventually invade the pulp, putting the tooth in danger of being lost unless a root canal treatment is performed to remove the infection and seal the tooth from further infection.

So, if you begin experiencing a jolt of pain while eating or drinking hot or cold foods or beverages, contact us as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. And protect your teeth from dental disease by practicing daily brushing and flossing, as well as seeing your dentist in Hartsdale, NY for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Don’t ignore those sharp pains—your teeth may be trying to tell you something.

If you would like more information on tooth sensitivity, please schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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