Types of Tooth Pain

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Tooth pain occurs in numerous forms. In some cases, the pain is in a single tooth. In other cases, several adjacent teeth prove painful. Some such pains occur during the chewing process. In other instances, hot or cold beverages/foods induce the pain.

Here is a look at the different types of tooth pain to help you better understand what is going on in your mouth.

Sharp Tooth Pain

Sharp tooth pain can result from several factors. Anything, including decay along the gum line to a broken cusp, cold temperatures, clenching/grinding and a space between crowns/fillings can cause this form of pain. Even a crown or filling that is too high can prove painful during the chewing process.

Thankfully, sharp tooth pain does not linger and is relatively short in duration. People can relieve this pain by repairing the fractured cusp with an onlay or crown. In other instances, simply adjusting a crown or filling positioned too high will remedy the pain. If the patient ignores the sharp pain, then it will gradually turn into a constant dull throbbing.

Dull Tooth Pain

Dull tooth pain is not something to take lightly. This type of pain is a serious issue resulting from the nerve within the teeth enduring considerable damage. This form of tooth pain is usually sensitive to hot temperatures. Such pain lasts for an extended period of time. In some cases, dull tooth pain is spontaneous.

In other instances, the pain arises in the middle of the night and lasts until one seeks relief from an oral health professional. Even touching the tooth can cause dull tooth pain. Such pain emanates from the pulp portion of the tooth. Root canal therapy is almost always necessary to eliminate the pain.

Extreme Throbbing

Any type of extreme tooth pain should spur a trip to an emergency dentist. Meet with this dentist as soon as possible so you do not have to live with the pain any longer than necessary. If you notice your face is swollen, then you are suffering from an infection or abscess that needs immediate treatment.

Pain Along the Back Portion of the Jaw

Pain present in the back part of the jaw is not as common as other types of pain and is a cause for concern. This type of pain indicates one or several impacted teeth. With neglect, this pain will only get worse as time progresses.

Dental Abscesses

Dental abscesses are the result of an accumulation of bacteria in the pulp portion of the tooth. If this area has an infection, the tooth root will experience considerable pressure. The infection will drain and make the area that much more susceptible to inflammation and soreness. A root canal will likely be necessary to remedy this pain.

Intermittent Tooth Pain

A tooth plagued by a jabbing or intermittent pain is likely reacting to a stimulus. Anything from chewing to opening your mouth to talk can cause such pain. Though this pain comes and goes, it will be quite painful. Such pain typically results from cavities, abscesses and cracks.


For more information on tooth pain or to schedule a dental check-up with Pleasant Dental, request an appointment in our Newtown dental office here: https://www.pleasantdental.net. Or call us at (203) 290-3648.

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