Molar Pain Out Of Nowhere? What You Could Be Dealing With

Posted on: 6 January 2017

Dental issues can sometimes arise out of nowhere and cause you excruciating pain and discomfort. However, the reality is that whether the pain is sudden or not, no dental issue is without a logical cause. If you have sudden molar pain, you may be wondering what is causing that discomfort and pain. Get to know some of the potential causes for that pain in your molar so that you can get to the dentist or get the other treatment that you need to feel better as soon as possible.

You Cracked a Tooth or Broke a Filling

One of the most common causes of your molar pain is actually a cracked tooth or broken filling. If your molar pain started when you were eating or chewing on something, this is likely the cause of your pain.

Even eating normal crunchy food can cause a weakened or damaged tooth to suddenly crack. However, the common culprits of cracked teeth or broken fillings are biting down on unpopped or partially popped popcorn kernels or chewing on ice cubes. Accidentally biting a piece of bone can do the job as well.

If you cracked your tooth and/or broke your filling, you will experience the most molar pain when to try to eat or bite down, but it can be painful and achy all the time as well. A cracked tooth that gets infected can cause constant excruciating pain.

You Have Gum Disease and an Exposed Root

Another cause of sudden molar pain can actually be an issue that has been going on for a while under your radar. That issue is, of course, gum disease or gingivitis. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, it can cause your gums to recede.

While gum recession does not immediately cause you discomfort, if the sensitive root of your tooth becomes exposed, you could have the source of your pain. When an exposed root is causing your molar pain, you will likely experience cold and heat sensitivity, severe pain when food or air come close to the gum line and may even experience pain when brushing your teeth.

Sometimes, an exposed root can be resolved by getting a thorough dental cleaning and using a toothpaste designed to help re-mineralize the enamel around that exposed root. This helps to clear out any infection-causing bacteria from the area and allow your root to become more protected as well.

Now that you know a few of the issues that could cause your sudden molar pain, you can be sure that you are properly dealing with the underlying dental problem and getting the dental treatment you need to get your pain resolved as soon as possible.