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When Dental Pain Gets On Your Nerves

Among the most uncomfortable type of pain might be nerve pain, and when the nerve pain comes from your mouth, things can get unbearable in a hurry. To find out more, read below.

Mouth Nerves

Nerve pain in the mouth can be sharp and unrelenting or it can come and go. Take a look at some common causes:


In most cases, that sharp nagging pain you feel comes from a decayed tooth. Once the enamel is breached, air, food, and liquids can go places that nothing should ever go — into the interior of your tooth. Once the enamel is open and contact is made with the nerve, pain happens. It's safe to say that a cavity is one of the main reasons people end up calling the dentist. Decay can be caused by bacteria, a crack in the tooth, a lost or damaged filling, or gum disease.

For minor cracks, dental cement might do the trick. More damaged teeth, if they can be restored, will be cleaned out and filled. In some cases, a root canal and a cap (or crown) are necessary to make the tooth stable and healthy again. You will have to remove any teeth that are too damaged to repair. It's vital to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, a bridge, or a denture. Your other teeth can start to shift around and become loose when there is a missing tooth.

Tooth Loss

Decay is not the only thing that can bring on nerve pain in a tooth. Teeth get knocked out all the time, and part of the reason why that is so painful is due to the nerve being suddenly exposed. This can be considered a dental emergency and saving the tooth is your first consideration. Take these steps to help you or a loved one hang on to the knocked-out tooth, if possible:

  1. Phone your dentist for an emergency visit.
  2. Locate and preserve the missing tooth if possible.
  3. Don't try to clean it if there is any tissue still attached to the tooth.
  4. Wash it very gently if the tooth is very dirty and there is no tissue still attached.
  5. Place the tooth in milk or water.
  6. Follow the directions on tooth preservation kits.
  7. Place the tooth in a safe place and see your dentist. In some cases, the tooth can be reinserted and may attach to your gums.

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About Me

Every Dentist Needs Your Help Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

When I was a child and teenager, I always left the dentist's office with the great feeling of having no cavities. When I went away to college out-of-state, I had to switch to a new dentist in my area. It seemed like I was suddenly getting cavities and started wonder what my new dentist "was doing wrong". When I spoke to my mother about it, she reminded me that the reason I never had cavities when I was living it home was because she always made sure my siblings and I brushed and flossed daily and didn't eat too much sugar. I then realized that my late-night study sessions drinking sugary soda and my suddenly bad brushing habits were the true causes of my cavities. I have since learned a lot more about dental health I am eager to share with anyone who needs the advice!


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