Pain in the tooth is defined as Toothache and though it can be temporary, it really signifies that there is some kind of teeth problem like cavity or bacteria infestation. Pain in tooth also reflects decay. Usually the patient would suffer from acute teeth pain, which is restricted to just one or multiple teeth. Besides the pain there would also be swelling and inflammation of gums and side of the mouth and fever in some cases.
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?
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