Toothache Causes and Treatment
- 1 Definition:
- 2 Causes of a toothache:
- 3 Symptoms of a toothache :
- 4 When is it mandatory to visit my dentist?
- 5 What does the dentist looks for when I complain of pain?
- 6 Investigations:
- 7 What is the best treatment for pain?
- 8 Can I prevent a toothache?
There are a lot of questions going on when we feel a toothache like When should I visit my dentist?
What does the dentist looks for when I complain of pain? What is the best treatment for teeth pain? Can I prevent a toothache?
In this article, we will review answers to these dental pain questions…
A toothache is suffering pain in or around the tooth.
Causes of a toothache:
- Tooth decay
- Abscess in or around the tooth.
- Tooth fracture
- Damaged filling
- Gingivitis: infection of the gum.
Symptoms of a toothache :
- Pain in or around the tooth that could be: sharp, throbbing, or persistent.
- In some cases, pain is felt only when the tooth is pressured upon.
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever and/or a headache.
When is it mandatory to visit my dentist?
See your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:
- Persistent pain: longer than 24 hours.
- Severe pain.
- If the pain is associated with fever, headache, earache, foul breath.
What does the dentist looks for when I complain of pain?
1- Medical history:
Your dentist will ask some questions such as:
- When did the pain start?
- Location of pain?
- When and what makes it worse?
- What makes it better?
- Have you extracted a tooth before?
- Do you properly brush your teeth? And regularly?
2- Physical examination:
A dentist will examine the mouth, teeth, molars, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck.
Your dentist may ask for some tests like X-rays and blood tests.
What is the best treatment for pain?
There is nothing called best treatment for a toothache! Each treatment option depends on the main cause of a toothache.
- If it is a cavity that is causing the pain, the dentist will fill this cavity or may extract the tooth.
- If there is infection and or fever then it should be treated by antibiotics.
- Another option is phototherapy with a cold laser in addition to another method of treatment to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Can I prevent a toothache?
The root of all evil is tooth decay! If you follow good oral hygiene, 99% of a toothache could be prevented.
What are the proper steps of good oral hygiene?
- Brushing regularly (twice daily) with fluorine-toothpaste.
- Flossing after every meal.
- Rinsing with mouthwash
- Regular dental check-ups
- Low sugar diet