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?
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 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
In many cases, wisdom tooth is also a major cause of toothache and is accompanied with extreme discomfort and fever.