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“But My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt” – When to Have Your Dentist Check

Have you ever had your dentist tell you that something was wrong with a tooth, but your first thought was “but my tooth doesn’t hurt?” If so, you’re not alone! It’s a common predicament to be told that something is wrong with a tooth but to never once feel symptoms related to it. While some people have severe pain and sensitivity, other people may have no discomfort whatsoever. Here are a few examples of instances where a tooth could be compromised, without any pain:

Abscessed Tooth

Even with an active fistula (“pimple”) on the gumlines, some people never experience discomfort from an abscessed tooth. A quick x-ray can determine the extent of the infection present inside of the bone. 

Broken or Chipped Tooth

From small chips to large tooth fractures, a structurally compromised tooth can continue to break down if not treated quickly. Since some people have smaller or more desensitized nerves, a broken tooth does not always mean pain. 

Leaky Filling

Upon visual inspection, your dentist may determine that an old filling has begun leaking. That means bacteria from the outside can seep in around the filling, causing new tooth decay around it. Most leaky fillings or failing margins are asymptomatic. 

Gum Disease

Severe bone loss and gum detachment may occasionally cause soreness, but not in everyone. Untreated periodontal disease will lead to tooth mobility and tooth loss without the right care. Unfortunately, severe periodontal disease cannot be reversed with simple brushing and flossing.

Having a dentist you can trust is important. Especially when he or she finds something that you didn’t even know was there. Thanks to digital radiographs and intraoral cameras, most dentists can have you “co plan” your own treatment alongside of their own findings. Never put off your dental care! Even if the tooth doesn’t hurt, serious complications could be on the horizon.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


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