What Causes Tooth Pain at Night?

Dec 15, 2020

Are toothaches causing you to lose sleep at night? If so, then you are not alone. Countless people deal with teeth, gum, or jaw pain in the evening hours. For some patients, the pain is so severe that it impacts their daily lives. Luckily, you don’t have to live with this pain. In this article, you will learn what causes tooth pain at night- and how to find relief.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is the classic cause of nightly tooth pain. Teeth grinding is common. However, since most people do it while they are sleeping, they don’t know they have this issue! Bruxism can cause tooth pain at night, as well as headaches and trouble sleeping. It can also give the teeth a flattened appearance.

Clenched Jaw

Clenched jaws are another problem. Like bruxism, jaw clenching can get worse when a person is under stress. It puts pressure on the jaws and teeth, leading to nightly pain and sensitivity. If you clench your jaw regularly, then find ways to bring down your stress levels.


Gingivitis can also cause nightly toothaches. While gingivitis pain can happen at any point during the day, it is often worse after people floss. If you floss before bed, then this might be the source of your pain. Check for other gingivitis symptoms, such as red or bleeding gums, then see your dentist if you suspect this issue.

Other Common Issues

Nighttime toothaches can be caused by many other problems. Tooth decay (cavities), infection, impacted wisdom teeth, and cuts inside the mouth can all be culprits. When in doubt, have a dentist examine your mouth.

Finding a Solution That Works

If you have tooth pain at night, then it’s time to see your dentist. Getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to find a treatment solution that truly addresses the problem. Noble Smile Family Dentistry can diagnose and treat your toothaches. Call us today to learn more

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri, founder of Noble Smile family and cosmetic dentistry in Katy, Texas, and his team offer top-notch dental and aesthetic services to enhance your smile. Trained at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Jahangiri learned from leading dentists and oral surgeons. After earning his DDS, he completed a residency to master advanced dental techniques. He provides a comprehensive range of services, including cosmetic, general, implant, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery. Recognizing patient anxiety, he also specializes in sedation dentistry for a more comfortable experience.
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