When a patient has a toothache, one of the most common questions is, “Why do my teeth hurt when I bite down?” Unfortunately, the answer is not straightforward because there are various reasons why teeth become painful while biting, chewing, and eating. This article and accompanying video will break down all the possible reasons why your teeth hurt when you bite
. It will also help narrow down which possibility applies to you and give you a few remedies for your biting pain.
To start the narrowing down process of your pain, a dentist will need answers to a few questions. First, how intense is the biting pain? Is there a time of day the pain intensifies? Can you locate the pain precisely, or does it feel like a general area? Where is the pain? Is there something that initially caused the pain, like chewing a hard nut? Is the biting pain a zing? Finally, does the pain feel sharp or dull? Your teeth hurt when you bite down for one of the following reasons: Tooth ligament inflammation, tooth infection, gum infection, sinus infection, temporomandibular joint disorder, cracked teeth, or dentin hypersensitivity.