Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Tooth Overview

Another name for Tender Tooth is Tooth Tenderness.

What is tooth tenderness?
A person with tooth tenderness has pain in a tooth when pressure is applied to the tooth. The pain may be caused by the bone that holds a tooth, or caused by the gum that surrounds a tooth. The most common causes of tooth tenderness are dental caries, dental injuries, and dental abscess.

What are the symptoms of tooth tenderness?
Symptoms that occur with tooth tenderness include dental pain, pus draining from the gums, pus draining from where the tooth meets the gum, red or swollen gums, rotting or broken teeth, bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, facial pain, facial swelling, jaw pain, jaw swelling, and fever.

How does the doctor treat tooth tenderness?
The treatment for tooth tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for tooth tenderness may include antiseptic mouthwash, tooth repair, dental fillings, root canal, dental extraction, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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