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Painful Biting and Chewing

Your Kyle dentist Gives Advice for What to Do With Painful Biting and Chewing


Any feeling of pain in your mouth or teeth while biting and chewing is not normal and it probably indicates that a trip to your Kyle dentist is necessary. While there are numerous reasons why this pain may have developed, it is most likely that you have developed some kind of tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease or issues with your tooth roots. Pain while biting can range from mild to moderate. Your Kyle dentist may even have to perform x-rays to see if there are underlying issues below the gumline. There are also systemic diseases that are associated with pain while chewing and biting including ENT (ears, nose, throat) infections, sinus infections, and Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) related disorders.


If dental decay is the reason for your toothache, you’re Kyle dentist will probably treat it with a filling, especially if it’s in the earlier stages of decay. If the decay is more severe, you may be in need of a root canal treatment or more advanced procedures.  Mild decay only breaks through the enamel or first layer of your tooth, while more advanced tooth decay will reach through to the inner layer of your tooth known as the pulp. If the pulp is infected, you’re definitely going to need a root canal treatment, which requires the removal of the pulp and the thorough cleaning of the infected inner tooth.


Gum disease can also cause irritation while biting or chewing food. Inflamed gums or receding gums that expose the tooth root, can all contribute to pain. Gum disease, like tooth decay is largely attributed to poor oral hygiene. If food debris is not removed properly during brushing or flossing, it can accumulate in the areas between the teeth and gums. This buildup will irritate the soft gums and cause them to become inflamed. Swollen gums are extremely sensitive and are susceptible to bleeding. More advanced gum diseases will show signs of periodontal pockets, which is when the gums detach from the tooth surface. Exposed root surfaces will cause extreme pain while chewing. This is why regular visits to your Kyle dentist can stop gum disease before it progresses.

As you can tell there are a lot of health complications associated with painful chewing or biting. If you’re feeling any pain in your mouth, don’t wait! Call your Kyle dentist immediately at (512) 291-1666. We’ll help you diagnose the problem and hopefully treat it before it gets worse. You don’t want to end up losing your tooth to gum disease, decay or any other dental infections. If it’s a systemic related problem like issues with TMJ, ENT, or sinuses, we’ll help you find the right care!