There’s nothing worse than having to deal with tooth pain that lingers indefinitely; causing multiple trips to the dentist in an attempt to discover what is causing the ongoing discomfort. If a patient has sustained trauma to a tooth, is in the middle of dental treatment, or a tooth has been diagnosed with decay or some other dental issue, then it’s easy to understand why a tooth may be aching and responding to various stimuli. But why would a tooth ache when it’s diagnosed as healthy?
Surrounding Tissue Can Be the Cause of Tooth Pain
The nerve of a tooth is frequently the culprit when it comes to causing dental pain and discomfort, especially when it has been injured as a result of an accident or dental disease. Pain related to an unhealthy nerve tends to be progressive – giving clear clues to the fact that the tooth is dying. A tooth that is in the various stages of dying becomes increasingly more sensitive, responds adversely to temperature stimuli, becomes uncomfortable to bite on, and invariably starts to wake a person at night. When these symptoms are present it’s time to see your dentist. In some situations tooth discomfort isn’t related to the nerve of the tooth, or even the tooth itself, but is emanating from surrounding periodontal tissues that have become inflamed, often due to a patient’s bite.
Why Would Periodontal Ligaments Ache?
Why does your ankle ache after you twist it, even though no bones are broken? – ligaments. Every tooth is anchored in to jaw bone by ligaments that act as cushions and buffers to the everyday demands put on teeth. Sometimes the demands become too intense due to imbalanced movements which result in teeth, or a specific tooth, having to withstand tremendous forces that are often exerted at unnatural angles. When a patient’s bite isn’t stable due to jaw joint concerns or when upper and lower teeth that don’t fit together properly the result can be teeth that ache due to surrounding ligaments being inflamed, thus pushing on dental nerves.
If you’ve been dealing with ongoing toothache that doesn’t wake you at night and tends to only respond to cold temperatures – ask your dentist to check your bite. Wearing a night guard can help alleviate clenching and grinding – habits that can make teeth incredibly sore and sensitive.