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I went to the dentist for a toothache and he said it wasn't a cavity, nor nerve issues. If it is neither cavity nor nerve, what could cause my tooth to hurt so badly?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Hauss
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gums? Crack in tooth

Many of my dental emergencies involve issues with the gingiva (gums) and bone or with fractured teeth.
If your tooth hurts upon biting, a crack is a possibility. If the gums are bleeding and swollen, gum disease is suspected.

In brief: Gums? Crack in tooth

Many of my dental emergencies involve issues with the gingiva (gums) and bone or with fractured teeth.
If your tooth hurts upon biting, a crack is a possibility. If the gums are bleeding and swollen, gum disease is suspected.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
If it is not a tooth it could be sinus,TMJ, other kinds of infections or pathology.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Multiple

Could be fractured tooth, exposure of the root to the oral environment, hyperfunction from grinding or malocclusion, or a high filling in an opposing tooth.
Might want to have an endodontist check it out.

In brief: Multiple

Could be fractured tooth, exposure of the root to the oral environment, hyperfunction from grinding or malocclusion, or a high filling in an opposing tooth.
Might want to have an endodontist check it out.
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Dr. April Ziegele
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Maybe cracked

Your tooth may be cracked.
It's hard to see that on an x-ray, and even sometimes with visual inspection. If the pain doesn't stop, ask your dentist to check for a cracked tooth with a light. When shined on a cracked tooth, we can see where the light shining through gets blocked.

In brief: Maybe cracked

Your tooth may be cracked.
It's hard to see that on an x-ray, and even sometimes with visual inspection. If the pain doesn't stop, ask your dentist to check for a cracked tooth with a light. When shined on a cracked tooth, we can see where the light shining through gets blocked.
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Dr. Seth Rosen
Dentistry

In brief: Sensitivity

It could be sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin, the underlying layer of your teeth, is exposed. Dentin is porous and allows hot, cold, sweet, and acidic substances to enter and stimulate the nerves and cells inside your tooth, resulting in discomfort. Sometimes this occurs right at the gumline. Use sensodyne or a desensitizing toothpaste and rinse with Fluoride mouthwash.

In brief: Sensitivity

It could be sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin, the underlying layer of your teeth, is exposed. Dentin is porous and allows hot, cold, sweet, and acidic substances to enter and stimulate the nerves and cells inside your tooth, resulting in discomfort. Sometimes this occurs right at the gumline. Use sensodyne or a desensitizing toothpaste and rinse with Fluoride mouthwash.
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