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May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
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Having a toothache is an unpleasant and very frustrating experience. The pain and soreness in and around the tooth area could sometimes even keep you from doing anything the entire day. Here at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, our dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, can make a proper diagnosis of the cause of your pain using information from imaging tests, your medical history records, and a dental examination. Meanwhile, here are common toothache causes and what you should know about them.

Teeth Sensitivity

Usually stimulated by cold temperatures, this is developed from the exposure of the dentin, which is the tissue under the enamel and the cementum. Exposure could be the result of worn fillings, cracked teeth, receding gums, or cavities.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis has infected the gums to the point where it has inflamed, swollen, and turned red. This brings about periodontitis, which results in the deterioration of the gums and bone loss. Tooth loss creates bacteria-filled pockets that expose the roots to plaque and decay.

Tooth Decay

This is the formation of a cavity caused by the erosion of the enamel. Sugar and starches produced by food particles in the mouth produce bacteria. These weaken and create holes on the teeth by breaking down the enamel over time. The teeth could then become sensitive to touch and temperature.

Cracked Tooth

This causes a sharp pain whenever you bite or chew. It could likewise be accompanied by sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Cracked teeth could result from mouth trauma or excessive biting force on hard food.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Also known as Bruxism, this normally happens when the person is asleep. After a certain period, it causes tooth and facial pain. This could also result in cracked teeth.

Impacted Tooth

This can be caused by overcrowding of the teeth or when the gums or bone prevents the teeth from getting into the right position. This commonly happens with wisdom teeth. Failure of the jawbone to host the additional teeth allows it to remain under the gum, creating pressure, jaw soreness, and pain.


Bacteria builds up in the pulp chamber because pulpitis or cavity was left untreated. As a result, the pulp chamber will try to drain the infection out of the tooth root tip. The pressure from the draining causes a toothache that worsens when you chew. This could also result in extensive swelling.

If you are experiencing any of these common toothache causes or any type of dental discomfort, visit your dentist in Reno, NV, as soon as possible to come up with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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By Kuhn Family Dentistry
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

If you have tooth pain, we want to know about it. No, really—we want to know all about it. Is the pain sharp or dull? Is it emanating from one tooth or more generally? Is it constant, intermittent or only when you bite down?

Dentists ask questions like these because there are multiple causes for tooth pain with different treatment requirements. The more accurate the diagnosis, the quicker and more successful your treatment will be.

Here are 3 different examples of tooth pain, along with their possible causes and treatments.

Tooth sensitivity. If you feel a quick jolt of pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold, it may mean your gums have drawn back (receded) from your teeth to leave more sensitive areas exposed. Gum recession is most often caused by gum disease, which we can treat by removing dental plaque, the main cause for the infection. In mild cases the gums may recover after treatment, but more advanced recession may require grafting surgery.

Dull ache around upper teeth. This type of pain might actually be a sinus problem, not a dental one. The upper back teeth share some of the same nerves as the sinus cavity just above them. See your dentist first to rule out deep decay or a tooth grinding habit putting too much pressure on the teeth. If your dentist rules out an oral cause, you may need to see your family physician to check for a sinus infection.

Constant sharp pain. A throbbing pain seeming to come from one tooth may be a sign the tooth's central pulp layer has become decayed. The resulting infection is attacking the pulp's nerves, which is causing the excruciating pain. Advanced decay of this sort requires a root canal treatment to remove the diseased tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals to prevent further infection. See your dentist even if the pain stops—the infection may have only killed the nerves, but is still present and advancing.

Pain is the body's warning system—so heed the tooth pain alert and see your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the better your chances of returning to full dental health.

If you would like more information on tooth pain and what it means, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!