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Why does my tooth hurt?

Are you experiencing pain in your mouth? Does this pain radiate from a tooth in your smile? If so, you may be curious about the need for dental care. Aching, sore, and painful teeth are often an indication of problems such as tooth decay or infection. Find out what factors can lead to tooth pain and how the team of Comprehensive Dental Care can help!


Patients who have persistent grinding of the teeth, known as bruxism, are often at risk of damaging their natural tooth enamel and any dental restorations that are in place. This grinding and clenching can wear down natural tooth enamel or damage the teeth with cracks or chips. This pressure on the teeth can be detrimental to ones oral health and wellness. Patients may want to speak to their dentist about mouth guards to protect the smile from bruxism and reduce the chances of tooth pain.

Tooth decay

One common cause of toothaches is an undiagnosed and untreated area of tooth decay. Also known as cavities, these areas can become deep and result in the development of a toothache. Fillings are the best method of treatment for areas of decay and can often improve discomfort. Our practice offers tooth-colored fillings, which blend into the smile and are difficult for others to notice.


Sometimes, tooth decay can become so deep that it reaches the inner canals of the tooth where the dental pulp resides. Dental pulp is a mass of tissues that keeps the blood supply to the tooth and houses the nerves which can send signals of pain. When the dental pulp is infected, treatment such as root canal therapy may be advised to save the natural tooth structure while addressing the infection. Patients may also be prescribed antibiotics to further treat the infection and keep it from spreading elsewhere in the mouth.

Do you have questions about mouth pain?

Our team at Comprehensive Dental Care of Albuquerque, NM wants to assist patients in avoiding toothaches and other problems that can impact the smile. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling our practice today at (505) 881-1159.

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7 Things To Know About Bruxism

bruxism Albuquerque New Mexico | Teeth Grinding NM | Steven E. Holbrook D.M.DAt times, life can be stressful and the search for stress-relief is a common topic at the water cooler. Meditation, yoga, walking, exercise…are all helpful antidotes to stress.
Did you know that stress sometimes manifests itself in unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching? This is called bruxism, a fairly common dental issue which affects approximately 40 million adults and children.

  1. Bruxism may be the result of your body’s reaction to your teeth not lining up or coming together properly. This is called your “bite” and it can affect your speech, how you eat and the appearance of your face.
  2. When your teeth rub together, the outer layers of your tooth enamel can wear away and your teeth become sensitive. Severe bruxism can damage your teeth and even break dental fillings.
  3. Bruxism may be a symptom of diseases of the facial nerves and muscles or it may be a side effect of some of the medicines that treat depression.
  4. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, this is called nocturnal bruxism. It sometimes results in waking with a dull headache or facial or jaw pain (TMJ).
  5. If, out of habit, you clench and grind your teeth during the day, you may not even be aware that you’re doing it. However, your friends or family members may have called it to your attention.
  6. Typical symptoms of bruxism are painful, rhythmic contractions of your jaw and jaw muscles, popping or clicking in your jaw, damaged teeth or broken fillings and headache or facial pain.
  7. If you suffer from bruxism and think it may be stress-related, you can research some strategies that will help you relax. Cutting back on your caffeine consumption may also help alleviate the symptoms.

Do you think you may be suffering from bruxism? It’s easy to call for a consultation appointment with Dr. Holbrook. He will assess any medications you are taking, the alignment of your teeth, your sleep habits and discuss the possible stressors in your life. Call, today: (505) 881-1159.

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