Toothache or tooth pain can often be caused when the nerve to a tooth is irritated, but there are numerous other causes for tooth pain. Dental infection, gum disease, plaque, dental decay, injury, cracked teeth, poorly placed fillings or crowns, failing or leaking fillings or crowns, or loss of a tooth (including tooth extractions), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea are all common causes of dental pain.
HOW IS TOOTHACHE DIAGNOSED?
A medical history and physical exam will usually indicate the appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes radiographs, often referred to as X-rays, can be used along with other diagnostic aids. Panoramic radiographs and cone beam computed tomography views are used to further evaluate the teeth and bones throughout the mouth and skull. Occasionally, lab evaluation including ECG tracings of the heart will assist the doctor. If the cause is something other than a dental or jaw problem, the doctor may prescribe medications directed at the problem. If the condition is more severe, the doctor may admit the patient to the hospital for further care. The patient may be referred to a dentist for further treatment.
HOW IS TOOTHACHE TREATED?
Treatment for Toothache involves getting rid of the cavity in the tooth using filling procedures. In some cases root canal or dental implants are needed. The patient may have to replace the tooth all together to.
DID YOU KNOW?
One must continue to practice good dental care, but be careful not to self-medicate or use numerous over-the-counter (OTC) oral rinses as they can sometimes exacerbate or prolong problems