What Tooth Pain Means


Do you suffer from tooth pain, but you are not quite sure what it could mean? Here you can read about the most common types of tooth pain to best guide you with your future appointment with our Huntington Beach office.
If you frequently feel intermittent sharp jabbing sensations each time you eat or drink something, or each time you open and close your mouth, then this is usually a big indicator to a possible crack, cavity, or an abscess.
If every time your mouth and teeth are exposed to an extreme change in temperature, such as eating ice cream or drinking a hot cup of coffee, you feel a sharp tooth pain, this can also be another indicator to a crack in the tooth or multiple teeth as well as possible cavities.


Dull nagging tooth pain is the most common type of toothache. Though usually this type of pain is mild, it is deep and persistent. This is a general indicator of nerve damage or a rotting tooth. This is commonly seen in individuals who grind their teeth.


The main indicator for tooth abscesses is feeling extreme throbbing pains. Abscesses are pockets of infection below or to the side of the tooth. Essentially, it is like a cyst in your mouth. Abscesses require antibiotic treatments and a surgical treatment to be removed. Therefore, if you suspect you have a tooth abscess please contact our dentist as soon as possible.
If you only feel pain while eating, then that is a big indicator of tooth decay or a tooth fracture. The pain can usually be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Regardless of what kind of tooth pain you are suffering from, it is never a good thing to have. Your mouth should never hurt, so when it does make an appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach as soon as possible.


Common Causes of Tooth Pain


We usually have a good idea about what to do if we are experiencing pain in most areas. For example, simply taking a pain reliever can cure a headache, and pain in the limbs is likely due to a pulled muscle, which will heal within a few days. Tooth pain, however, can be scary, as it can have many different causes. Here are the most common causes of tooth pain and how they are treated by our Los Angeles dentist.


Tooth infections cause acute and consistent pain that may be difficult to pin point. They occur when decay has been left untreated and reaches the center of a tooth, infecting its pulp. The pain is caused by the decay affecting the tooth’s nerves.


If you are experiencing a sharp, zinging pain when eating and drinking hot or cold substances, or even when simply being exposed to extreme temperatures, you are suffering from sensitive teeth. This is due to a lack of enamel on the teeth, which may have diminished due to eating too many acidic foods, lack of dental hygiene, or conversely, brushing the teeth too hard.

Old restorations

Pain coming from a specific tooth or area may be due to a crown or filling. Sometimes these come loose because they have sustained damage, other times simply because they are too old. This is particularly true of restorations containing mercury, which is no longer used in dentistry for this very reason.

If you are experiencing any level of tooth pain, make an appointment with our expert in treatment of tooth pain in Los Angeles as soon as possible.