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What is a Toothache?

When the nerve in the tooth’s root or another tooth adjacent becomes inflamed, it causes pain to develop around the tooth. The majority of the time, signs of a toothache point to a problem with the gums or teeth. If you have a terrible toothache, you should visit the dentist since it can be the result of dental or oral problems that won’t go away on their own.

What to do when you have an unbearable tooth pain?

Pain surrounding the tooth develops when the nerve in the tooth’s root or an adjacent tooth gets irritated. Signs of a toothache typically indicate a problem with the gums or teeth. You should see a dentist if you have a severe toothache since it may be the consequence of oral or dental issues that won’t go away on their own.

What are the causes of Tooth Pain?

The following is a list of the most typical causes of tooth pain.

  • Tooth decay. Cavities or tooth decay may cause moderate to severe pain when you bite down. Root canal therapy is necessary if the dentist finds that the tooth decay has spread to the tooth’s root.
  • Abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is one that has a pulp chamber infection that has extended to the tooth’s root tip or the surrounding tissue. An abscess can form after dental work as an infection near the extracted tooth.
  • Trauma/Injury. Teeth that are shattered or knocked out result in tooth pain.
  • Wisdom teeth. If wisdom teeth are not extracted when they are ready to come out, they can cause terrible tooth pain.
  • Bruxism. Bad dental habits like teeth grinding or bruxism can cause toothaches connected to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  • Gum disease. Poor oral hygiene causes plaque to build up, which in turn causes periodontal disease, which causes the gums to swell and pain.

What are the different types of toothaches?

Here are several toothaches and what they mean.

  • Dull, Persistent Ache. The most common type of tooth pain is a dull, ongoing discomfort. Some causes of toothache include a dental abscess, food fragments in the gums, or teeth grinding.
  • Sensitive Teeth. Hot and cold sensitivity in the teeth is a common problem that is often brought on by worn-down enamel. Exposed roots, decaying teeth, old fillings, and gum disease can exacerbate tooth sensitivity.
  • Sharp pain. A cavity in the tooth or a break in the enamel will cause sharp or stabbing pain. Severe dental pain frequently necessitates a visit to the dentist.
  • Severe, throbbing pain. An exposed nerve or root of the tooth due to gum disease or a broken tooth can cause excruciating, throbbing pain. It is necessary to see an emergency dentist for this type of discomfort, especially if it has become excruciating.

What are common symptoms of toothache?

Although pain in the tooth and mouth is the main sign of a toothache, different types of pain can also appear in the following ways.

  • Fever or headache
  • Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Swelling, painful gums
  • Tooth pain that occurs when pressure is applied

How to Get Rid of Tooth Nerve Pain?

Taking medicine is the best technique to ease dental pain. A dentist will advise antibiotics if there is severe face and mouth edema or a fever. It might be necessary to perform a thorough cleaning to get rid of the damaging bacteria and plaque that have amassed below the gum line. Based on the underlying reason of the toothache, the type of therapy is chosen. 

When to go to the dentist for tooth pain?

If you have tooth discomfort for longer than two days, you should see a dentist. Dr. Roopam Garg at Towne View Dental Care is qualified to identify the cause of the pain and help relieve it.

What tests or exams can be done if you have a toothache?

A thorough medical history and oral examination may be carried out to identify a toothache. Panoramic and dental x-rays of the teeth and jaws are occasionally required.

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