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. A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:
• Tooth decay
• Abscessed tooth
• Tooth fracture
• A damaged filling
• Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth
• Infected gums
HOW IS TOOTHACHE DIAGNOSED?
A Dentist diagnoses Toothache by examining the tooth and surrounding area and performing a complete dental examination. An X-ray of the aching tooth can help identify Toothache.
HOW IS TOOTHACHE TREATED?
The best way to stop dental or jaw pain initially is with pain medications and antibiotics (Amoxicillin). A referral to a dentist for follow-up will usually be arranged. In some cases, the doctor may try an injection of local anesthetic around the tooth for pain control. If there is swelling in the gums or face, or if the patient has fever, antibiotics may be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
One can prevent the majority of dental problems by flossing, brushing, and using many different products, such as xylitol- and fluoride-containing rinses and toothpaste, and having teeth professionally cleaned on a regular schedule. The dentist may apply sealants, varnishes, and fluoride, which are especially important in children but can also be valuable to adults and the elderly, to