Toothaches can be acute or chronic, mild or severe. Tooth pain when chewing may indicate a wide range of dental issues, such as decay, fractures, or dental abscesses.
At our Memphis, TN practice, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl can determine the cause of your dental discomfort and recommend appropriate restorative dentistry treatments. Today, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for pressure-related tooth pain.
Some tooth pain, such as temperature sensitivity, is fairly common and should not be a cause for concern. Conversely, sensitivity to pressure can indicate the presence of a serious oral health issue.
Some of the most common causes of tooth pain when chewing include:
Pressure-related tooth pain is not usually constant. It typically only happens when you bite down on the tooth a certain way or when you eat particularly hard foods.
However, if you are experiencing any type of dental pain, it is important to have an evaluation as soon as possible, no matter how mild. Detecting issues early can help you avoid further problems in the future.
If you are experiencing tooth pain when chewing, Dr. van Zyl will run a series of tests to determine the cause of the problem. After visually examining the affected tooth, x-rays and scans will be taken to determine if a fracture or other problem is present.
Dr. van Zyl may also test the temperature sensitivity of your tooth by applying a cold liquid to the area. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, your treatment can be planned.
The treatment that is recommended will be determined by the cause of your tooth pain. Some of the most common treatments for addressing pressure-related dental pain include fillings, dental crowns, root canal therapy, and extractions (if all other options have been exhausted). During a consultation at our practice, Dr. van Zyl can discuss your treatment options with you in detail.
If you are experiencing pressure sensitivity or another type of dental pain, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online or call our office at (901) 457-7753.