Why Do I Have Tooth Pain?

If you have chronic toothaches or sudden, sharp tooth pain, we can help. There are multiple common causes of tooth pain, from injuries to tooth decay. Dr. Sara Gotwalt can help patients treat tooth pain in her Lititz, PA dental office. She thoroughly examines each patient’s smile and takes their current symptoms into account to find the best treatment options for their tooth pain. Dr. Gotwalt is a Dawson Academy-trained dentist who takes a thorough, collaborative approach to dentistry. She is dedicated to comfortable, patient-focused dental care.

Tooth Pain in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Tooth Pain: Causes and Solutions

There are several common causes of tooth pain and sensitivity. Discover more about these common causes as well as solutions that Dr. Gotwalt provides patients in her office below:

Tooth Injuries and Wear

As the tooth enamel wears over time, patients can experience sensitivity and pain in their teeth. This is because the enamel, once worn, exposes the underlayer of the tooth. Chips, cracks, and fractures in the tooth enamel can also expose the dentin or dark layer beneath the enamel. We can provide dental veneers, tooth bonding, and even dental crowns to cover and protect the tooth enamel. With these cosmetic and restorative solutions, patients can enjoy foods and beverages without pain or sensitivity.

Tooth and Gum Infections

Periodontitis or gum disease can be a highly damaging dental problem that affects the health of the teeth and gums. This bacterial infection can cause gum inflammation, and gum and tooth pain. To reverse gum disease, we can provide antibacterial rinses, deep cleaning treatments, and even gum surgery.

Patients with tooth decay can experience cavities or holes in their tooth enamel. Once a bacterial infection reaches the inside of the tooth, it affects the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth healthy. If patients have cavities in their teeth, we will recommend a root canal. A root canal removes the infected pulp and cleans out the tooth chamber. After a root canal, we can seal the tooth with a dental filling. Fillings prevent reinfection, and as a result, tooth pain.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” because they erupt in the very back of the mouth. Oftentimes, patients will feel pain or discomfort behind their molars when their wisdom teeth come in. Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they do not have enough room to emerge. This not only creates tooth pain but can also damage the molars and cause overcrowding. We can extract wisdom teeth to stop tooth pain and prevent damage to the smile.

Contact Our Dental Office

Do you want to revere tooth pain and sensitivity? Call Dr. Gotwalt to treat your tooth pain today at 717-627-6980. You can also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Gotwalt on our website.


Drs. Sara & John Gotwalt
Lititz, PA Dentist
2320 Rothsville Road, Suite 300
Lititz, PA 17543


New Patients 717-627-6980


Monday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
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