Tooth pain can present in a variety of ways, depending on the cause and severity of the problem. Some common types of tooth pain include:
- Lingering pain: This type of tooth pain is characterized by a dull, achy sensation that may come and go. It is usually caused by tooth decay, a cavity, or gum disease and can be felt in the affected tooth or in the surrounding gums.
- Sharp biting pain: This type of pain is a sudden and intense pain that is usually felt when biting or chewing. It can be caused by a cracked tooth, a broken filling, or a tooth that has been traumatized.
- Constant pain: This type of tooth pain is characterized by a persistent, continuous pain that does not go away. It can be caused by a deep cavity, an abscessed tooth, or a severe infection in the tooth or surrounding gums.
- Dull pain: This type of pain is a low-grade, steady pain that may not be as intense as other types of tooth pain. It can be caused by a tooth that is not fully erupted, a tooth that is in the process of healing after an injury, or a tooth that is experiencing mild sensitivity.
- Sensitivity pain: This type of pain is usually felt when teeth are exposed to hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks. It can be caused by teeth that have thin enamel, worn fillings, exposed roots or a receding gumline.
It’s important to note that tooth pain can also be referred to as pain originating from another area of the body but is felt in the tooth, such as sinus pain or pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorders. See an endodontist as soon as possible if you experience tooth pain, as prompt treatment can help prevent further damage to the tooth and save it.