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What does it mean if your tooth hurts when you touch it?

I am a 34 year old male. My tooth hurts when I touch it. What does it mean if your tooth hurts when you touch it?

6 Answers

If you mean by touching it, you put pressure on it, it may be fractured or need a root canal. Best to have it checked out.
Possibly trauma to tooth or fracture. Maybe a cavity if tooth broke to gum line.
It can mean it is abscessed and would require possibly a root canal, or it might be periodontally involved due to the bone loss and if it wiggles, it might not have much support and the tooth may need an extraction.
Good luck.
If your tooth hurts when you touch it, it may mean that the tooth has been traumatized, possibly from grinding or clenching. It can also occur because the ligament on the tooth is inflamed from infection and mean the tooth needs periodontal treatment or perhaps needs a root canal. If the pain sensation is mild, it may improve on its own, but to be certain, it is best to visit a dentist to be evaluated.
Hi! That is difficult to answer, simply because I do not know the other clues that we dentists sometimes use to gauge and diagnose during an exam, like an xray or other tooth vitality tests. I also am not sure or what kind of pain you are having. More than likely, there may be an inflammation or infection in the periodontal ligament surrounding your tooth, either from the tooth itself or your gums and because when you touch the tooth, the ligament is pressured so it radiates pain. This could mean that you have a deep cavity, or that the tooth has had trauma, or theres a local gum infection. It could even be that you are sensitive from grinding on that tooth more heavily than the rest. Because this pain can be from so many different things I would suggest you go visit a dentist (or come in to see me) so that we can check what is really causing this pain.
Hello,

Sorry to hear about your discomfort. It could mean a few things if it hurts when you touch your tooth. The simplest is maybe you bit down on a fork and aggravated your tooth. Moving up the serious scale is that you might have some recession and that is a sensitive part of your tooth, or you might have cavity. Getting more serious, you may have an infection at the end of your roots or a crack in your tooth. If you visit a doctor they will be able to get you a better diagnosis.
Hope this helps.

Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD