My Teeth Hurt When I Bite Down
Alabama Family Dentistry wants to make sure everyone has healthy teeth. If you experience pain when you bite down, there may be many different causes. Alabama Family Dentists can conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and provide answers about your source of pain. Make an appointment today at one of our 4 locations for the treatment you need to alleviate your pain.
Cavities: Tooth decay is one of the most common disorders experienced, second only to the common cold. Bacteria grow in your mouth to create plaque, which adheres to the teeth. It most commonly occurs on the back of the molars, just above the gum line, and the edges of fillings. If plaque is not removed, tooth decay will occur. Tooth decay will eventually create holes in your teeth called cavities. This tooth pain typically causes an achy feeling, particularly after eating sweet, hot, or cold foods and drinks. White fillings are typically used to seal the area of the tooth where decay is removed.
Cracked or Broken Tooth: Popcorn and chewing ice are the most common causes for cracking or breaking a tooth. This can be very painful and cause a shooting pain when you bite down, and become a constant source of irritation if it isn’t corrected. To fix a cracked tooth, Alabama Family Dentistry will either perform a dental restoration or apply a crown to cover up the crack, or in serious cases, you may need a root canal.
Abscessed Roots: Abscessed roots occur when there is no blood supply inside the tooth. The bacteria eventually escape from the tooth into the jawbone at the tip of the root. The bacteria then breed and start to break down the root tip. This is very painful because it causes pressure inside the jawbone, so when you bite down you’re pressing the tooth into the abscess – the result is pain. Since there is no nerve inside the tooth, (it has died) hot or cold drinks don’t cause discomfort, although the jawbone around the tooth, where there are still nerves, will hurt. Recommended treatment is an initial round of antibiotics. If the tenderness persists, a root canal or tooth extraction might be necessary.
Grinding: Teeth grinding is very common, and usually occurs subconsciously while sleeping. You may not feel discomfort while you sleep; however, in the morning or when taking your first bite of your breakfast bagel, the pain is sure to make itself known. Treatment typically prescribes a mouth guard when you sleep, supplemented with a pain medication in extreme cases. If you think you are grinding your teeth, contact Alabama Family Dentistry for help on how to stop this painful habit.
Gum Disease: Gum disease creates a small gap under the gums, commonly called a pocket. Bacteria and plaque can grow in this pocket and no normal toothbrush or mouthwash can reach it. After some time, an infection grows from the bacteria and a small lump develops on your gums, resulting in a gum abscess. One of the dentists at Alabama Family Dentistry will prescribe the proper medication and oral care program to treat your gum disease.
Types of Pain
There are a number of ways that dental pain can be experienced:
• Sharp shooting pains
• Dull constant pain
• Throbbing pain
• Pain that extends to the jaw and sinuses, which is caused by abscesses
To prevent conditions that cause pain make sure to schedule your annual preventative care exam and dental cleaning at one of our 4 Alabama Family Dentistry locations – Acton Road Family Dentistry, Sumiton Family Dentistry, Warrior Family Dentistry, and Gardendale Family Dentistry – providing comprehensive dental care for patients in Birmingham, Gardendale, Warrior, Sumiton and central Alabama communities.