Why Are My Teeth Sore?

Toothache. Woman Suffering From Tooth Pain

You might be familiar with a sore back, neck, or even thumb, but have your teeth ever given you the same sensation? An aching in your pearly whites can be unnerving, especially if you can’t figure out what’s causing your discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Cindy Flanagan and our Houston dental team are here to solve all your mouth mysteries, including that strange, sore feeling in your teeth. Since your teeth contain nerves and blood vessels at their centers, they can ache, just like any other body part. In the following blog, we explain some of the common reasons people may develop “sore” teeth and how our team can help treat this condition.

Soreness Symptoms

How can you tell if your teeth are tender? Aside from the obvious aching, you may be suffering from soreness if:

  • One or more teeth feel particularly sensitive to heat, cold, acid, or sugar.
  • The gums around one or more teeth appear to be swollen.
  • You’re finding it difficult to speak, eat, or drink.
  • You’ve noticed a bad taste in your mouth.
  • You have bad breath.
  • Your tooth or teeth feel sharply, acutely sore, or more of a dull, constant ache.
  • Your sensitivity comes on or worsens at night (there are a variety of reasons for nighttime soreness).

If you experience any of the above, we recommend coming to see Dr. Flanagan for a consultation.

TMJ Tenderness

You probably haven’t even heard of it, but your temporomandibular joint could be the culprit of your soreness. This band of tissue runs from your temple to the bottom of your mouth, acting as a hinge for your jaw. If it becomes misaligned, torn, stretched, or otherwise damaged, you could develop temporomandibular joint disorder. Dysfunction of the TMJ can cause headaches, clicking noises when you move your jaw, lockjaw, headaches, and—you guessed it!—sore teeth. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, Dr. Flanagan can create a customized treatment plan to help you alleviate your discomfort. We often recommend mouth guards, jaw massage, and medications.


Bacteria could be to blame for your soreness. Colgate Oral Care Center explain: “a few oral conditions can actually cause what feels like a toothache, when in fact it’s something a bit more complicated.” Among these more complex situations are sinus infections and ear infections: “the sinuses…are located near the upper back teeth. Their proximity to these molars can make it feel as though your teeth hurt when your sinuses are inflamed… [and] just as the location of the sinuses around the tooth can make you feel pain in the teeth when you have a sinus infection, the closeness of the ear to the jaw can cause you to feel pain in your teeth when you have an ear infection.” If this is the case, Dr. Flanagan may refer you to an appropriate physician to help you treat the underlying condition.

In addition to the above, you may experience tooth soreness if you have an infection within your mouth. Gum disease, in which bacteria infect your periodontal tissue, can cause toothache, as can an infected tooth root. We offer numerous treatments for periodontal infection and root canal therapy to help clear these up.

Decay Aches

Cavities eat away at your enamel, leaving the inner portions of the tooth more susceptible to soreness and sensitivity. Decay is a common cause of toothache. If you suffer from cavities, Dr. Flanagan and our team can provide tooth-colored fillings to restore your smile and your comfort.

Our Houston Dental Team Can Help

No matter what is causing your teeth to become sore, Dr. Flanagan and our team can help. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your appointment!

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