Have you recently bitten down on food and felt a sudden pain? This pain could be jarring at times, leaving you wondering about why you are experiencing it. If you were wondering what is causing this pain, here are some detailed reasons that can make your tooth hurt when you bite.
A Cracked Tooth
Many people are entirely unaware they have a cracked tooth. In many cases, the only indication your tooth is damaged is the pain you feel whenever you bite down. This makes it even harder to make a diagnosis. If you happen to feel a sharp pain during a bite that quickly disappears, try to find out its exact location and let us know. We can help run some tests to determine if it is due to a cracked tooth.
A Dental Cavity
A cavity is a type of tooth decay that forms on the enamel surface of a tooth. They can cause pain when food gets stuck to its surface. Large cavities can cause irritation to the nerve in the tooth, resulting in pain whenever you bite or chew food. For some people, their cavity could make them sensitive to certain types of food (such as hot, cold, or sweet foods). When they eat these foods, they have pain that can take a while to subside.
Overly High Tooth
There are cases of people having a tooth that is set higher than should be. It could also be a crown or a filling. Your teeth are meant to be positioned to distribute pressure evenly during a bite or a chew. When a tooth sits too high, pressure is not well distributed during a bite. That means that when you bite, undue pressure is put on the opposing tooth. This causes the resulting pain. This issue can be treated by adjusting your bite.
You should not take tooth pain lightly, especially if it does not recede or go away. There could be other factors affecting your oral health, which can lead to serious harm to both your oral and your general health. If you are struggling with pain when you bite down, we strongly advise that you schedule an exam with our office to get lasting relief for this problem.
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