Allen dentist, Dr. Mentesana answers the question, "why does it hurt when I bite down on my tooth?"

Yikes, you bit into something and felt a pain shoot through your tooth. Now when you bite, it hurts every time. What happened? Simply put, your tooth is cracked. When you have a crack in your tooth, which can happen when you bite on something wrong, or you have something hard in your food that you bite down on just right, or you clench your teeth at night, all can can put stress on your tooth that can crack it. You could also have a large filling in a tooth that placed stressed from the inside and normal chewing forces can cause the crack. Any way it happens, the splitting of the tooth causes a shooting pain in the tooth. At any other time when you are not chewing on that tooth, there is not pain, but as soon as you put pressure in a way that is causing the crack to open up, it hurts. The only way to remedy this pain is to strengthen the tooth.  The tooth can be strengthened by crowning the tooth. A crown will strengthen the tooth by placing a protective layer over the tooth that will not allow the crack to spread under pressure. This stops the crack from getting worse. Occasionally, the crack is too far into the tooth that the only way to take away the pain is to do a root canal or if the crack extends below the bone level, it must be extracted

It it hurts when you bite, you need to schedule and appointment online today.