I'm in the process of recovering from an abscessed tooth. As I was laying there in the fetal position holding an icepack to my face to prevent the "level 7 out of 10" continuous throbbing pain....it made me wonder: Why do we have nerves in our teeth in the first place?..and why are they capable of producing such intense pain signals? If I were to guess, I'd say it had something to do about our sensing when our teeth come together when we are chewing....a larger nerve is needed to detect through the thick, hard tooth surface. When the sensitive nerve is directly exposed to stimuli (hot, cold, pain) unshielded by the tooth, It "over-reports" the stimuli to the brain. It's kinda like taking a microphone designed to listen for faint sounds through 5cm of granite...and placing it directly in front of the speaker stack at a "Greenday" concert. It overloads. I'm I on the right track?