When you experience pain, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Sometimes, the cause of your pain is quite evident. Other times, it may not be. When your teeth are in pain, it can be very difficult to determine the cause. It is tempting to simply take some over the counter pain relievers and get on with your day. However, if the pain is severe, it can interfere with even the most basic tasks, such as eating or speaking. Persistent pain in your teeth requires immediate dental attention. National Dental Sunnyside can help.


TTooth pain can be caused by some different things. It is possible that your pain is nothing, but it can also be something serious. The only way to find out exactly what is causing your pain is with a thorough oral exam. Common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Gum disease (periodontal disease). More advanced stages of gum disease can lead to painful infections inside the teeth.
  • Cavities, which form as a result of tooth decay.
  • Misaligned teeth.
  • Misaligned jaw.
  • Facial trauma – auto accidents, sports related injuries, falls, etc.

In some cases, you may experience pain in your teeth that is not related to your teeth at all. Issues with your maxillary sinuses or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are often culprits of tooth pain. This is because the roots of your teeth are near these areas, so pain often radiates into the nerves of your teeth. In some cases, tooth pain can also even indicate an issue such as heart disease.


When you experience tooth pain, you may also experience other symptoms as well:

  • Fever.
  • Swelling of the gums (near the affected tooth).
  • Lingering pain or sensitivity.
  • A bad taste in your mouth that does not go away.
  • Trouble breathing and swallowing.


Your treatment depends on the cause of your pain. To determine the exact cause, we will perform a thorough oral exam. We will inspect your teeth for signs of damage and decay. We will also look at your gums for signs of redness and swell (signs of an infection). Digital images will also be taken. These images will allow us to see everything that is happening below the gum line, such as abscesses, cysts, impacted teeth, damage, and more. After we have determined the cause of your pain, we will then create a customized treatment plan to provide you with the best possible results.

Treatments for painful teeth include:

  • Fillings (for cavities).
  • Crowns (for damaged teeth).
  • Root canals (to remove infections from inside your teeth).
  • Orthodontic treatment (metal braces or clear braces, for misaligned teeth).
  • Oral surgery.


There are some types of tooth pain that can be prevented, and there are some that cannot. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular 6-month dental visits can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports can help to prevent oral injuries. Pain that cannot be prevented includes such issues as misalignment of your teeth and jaw. Taking action as soon as you notice tooth pain will help to prevent the issue from growing worse.

If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, don’t ignore it. Call National Dental Sunnyside right away at (718) 925-3365.