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?
The Dentist will do a thorough physical examination of not only the affected teeth, but the entire mouth, to get a fair diagnosis of the Toothache condition. Where felt necessary, an X-ray of the jaw portion may also be got done by the doctor. The doctor will make it a point to study the medical history as well.
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