Have you ever gone to eat lunch and figured out that you had a toothache when you chewed? If so, you may need to go in and see your dentist. It is possible that you just bit down funny and the pain will be a once-and-done style of pain, but more often than not, this is not the case. The best way to find out what is going on with that sore tooth is to have your dentist check it.
What May Have Caused Pain While ChewingA cavity in your tooth could cause your tooth to hurt when you chew on it. The decay within the tooth is eventually going to get to the nerve and the root of the tooth. If you have a cavity that has gotten down that deep, it can cause pain when chewing, and even when drinking.
Cracked teeth are also common causes of chewing pain. The tooth feels fine typically, when no pressure is on it. However, as soon as you bite or chew on that tooth, it opens that crack up a tiny bit, exposing the tender inside of the tooth to whatever is in your mouth. This can be painful on its own, but it can also lead to a cavity or infection in that tooth.
Gum disease can also cause pain when chewing. Early stages of gum disease do not often hurt. However, once the disease has progressed, it becomes more likely to weaken your teeth. Chewing may cause the tooth to shift out of place, causing pain.
No matter what you believe the cause of your chewing pain to be, it should still be checked out by your dentist. This is the surest way to tell if you need to have anything done to stop the pain when you chew.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 today.