Getting your tooth knocked out or cracked by an accident, such as a fall, can lead to serious dental pain. However, an accident isn't the only thing that can give you dental pain; here are other potential causes of dental pain:
You Have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Your wisdom teeth are the hindmost of your molars; they erupt last in early adulthood. The problem is that wisdom teeth do not always erupt efficiently; many of them only erupt halfway, fail to break out of the gum or erupt at odd angles. Such complications usually lead to dental pain, for example, if an impacted wisdom tooth is trapped below the gum or is pressing upon nearby teeth. You should suspect this as the cause of your dental pain if your wisdom teeth haven't erupted and the pain is most intense at the end of your existing molars.
You Have Pulpitis
Pulpitis is an inflammation of the pulp tissue, which is the mass of tissues that is at the center of a tooth. This is the part of your tooth with living cells, nerves and tissues. An inflammation at this part of the tooth can be very painful because this is where the sensitive nerve cells are to be found. It is usually caused by bacterial infections, such as those that may spread from the germs. In this case, your affected tooth may feel painful and tender when you touch it (for example, with your tongue) and the pain may be a throbbing one.
You Have Hypersensitive Teeth
There are also cases where your dental pain is caused by teeth that are oversensitive. These are teeth whose enamels, the hard outer covering of the tooth, have been eroded by disease, wear and tear or acidic food, among other things. if this is the case, then the sensitivity may be more pronounced or even only felt when eating cold or hot food or when breathing through the mouth.
You Have a Decayed Tooth
Lastly, your dental pain may also be caused by teeth or a tooth that is decayed. Note that tooth decay is one of the most common dental ailments Americans suffer from. Poor dental hygiene, which encourages bacteria to feed on organic matter on the teeth and form plaque, is the primary cause of dental decay.
Taking an over-the-counter painkiller is not a permanent way to deal with dental pain. You need to consult a dentist for a diagnosis so that the cause of the pain can be dealt with.