A Toothache is pain that you feel in or around the tooth. Most often, Toothache pain is a sign that there is something wrong with the tooth or gums. Toothache can range from mild to severe and tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for Toothaches. Some of the common causes of Toothache include accumulation of food and debris between the teeth, infection at the root of the tooth, trauma to the tooth, or sudden fracture of the tooth.
HOW IS TOOTHACHE DIAGNOSED?
To treat the toothache, the dentist will first obtain medical history and conduct a physical exam. He or she will ask questions about the pain, such as when the pain started, how severe it is, where the pain is located, what makes the pain worse, and what makes it better. The dentist will examine mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing the toothache.
HOW IS TOOTHACHE TREATED?
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will fill the cavity or possibly extract the tooth, if necessary. A root canal might be needed if the cause of the toothache is determined to be an infection of the tooth's nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner aspects of the tooth cause such an infection. An antibiotic may be prescribed if there is fever or swelling of the jaw. Occasionally, phototherapy with a cold laser, usually in conjunction with another treatment, may be used to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with the toothache.
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