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Relieve Your Toothache
A toothache is the worst pain you can have. It’s unlike any other pain, and it makes even the simplest things difficult to do.
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FAQ'S About Toothache
There are many causes of toothaches. Often, there is an underlying dental or medical problem causing the pain. The most common causes of toothache are:
Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the leading cause of toothaches. Poor oral hygiene and bacteria in plaque can cause tooth decay. If a cavity gets large enough and closer to the tooth nerve endings, tooth pain and throbbing develop. An abscess can develop if dental decay is not treated. An abscess is an infection around your tooth or dental pulp.
Dental Abscess: A dental abscess occurs when a localized infection affects the surrounding gum tissue. An infection develops when pus builds up inside the gums or teeth and is triggered by a bacterial infection.
If you notice an obvious abscess, consult your dental professional right away. Although rare, an acute infection that spreads to your brain can be life-threatening.
Impacted Tooth: Impacted teeth, especially wisdom teeth, can cause pain in your teeth and gums. An impacted tooth is one that either hasn’t erupted when expected or is a tooth that cannot erupt due to insufficient space or being positioned improperly.
They may cause toothaches if they push against another tooth. Additionally, they can cause cysts or bacteria buildup around the tooth when they emerge from the gum line.
Gingivitis: Gingivitis may be the cause of toothache if the pain originates in the gums. A moderate form of gum disease, gingivitis causes inflammation of the infected tissue but does not result in bone loss. The symptoms include swollen and bleeding gums, as well as a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath.
Gum disease of this type can be treated with professional dental cleanings, and it is reversible. If not treated, periodontal disease can develop. With this advanced gum disease, tooth roots can become permanently damaged and may even cause tooth loss and bone loss if left untreated.
Injuries: Damage to the jaw or teeth can cause toothaches. A cracked tooth, for example, will develop sensitivity and severe pain because of exposure of tooth nerve. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also lead to tooth cracks.
Referred Pain: Toothache pain is sometimes referred pain, which means your pain is caused by a condition somewhere else in your body. Toothaches are sometimes caused by earaches and vice versa. Your upper teeth may also be painful if you have sinusitis or sinus infection since they are near the sinuses.
A toothache may be mild or severe, constant or intermittent. A toothache usually consists of one or more of the following symptoms:
- Throbbing pain or sharp pain when chewing or biting
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
- Swelling and tenderness around your teeth or gums
- Swollen cheeks or jaw
In the case of tooth pain and swelling, it could result from various dental problems, including tooth decay, dental injuries, cracked teeth, loose fillings, inflammation of the pulp inside the tooth, receding gums, or abscesses.
Dental treatment for toothaches and swelling depends on the cause. You might need a tooth filling, root canal therapy, or a dental crown. In cases of gum disease, your dentist will remove any plaque buildup and advise you to brush your teeth regularly.
Without treatment, a tooth infection may spread to other parts of the body, including the brain, resulting in complications such as sepsis and brain abscess.