A Guide to Toothaches: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments by Dr. Ryan from Vivid Surgeons

Introduction to Toothaches

Experiencing pain and a throbbing sensation in your mouth you can’t seem to wrap your mind around? Or are you experiencing pain of toothaches that are keeping you up at night and preventing you from eating peacefully?

There are many causes and reasons as to why your tooth may be hurting. Here is a guide to toothaches, to help you better understand the causes behind why your tooth is hurting and provide you with some information on the treatments available to relieve your pain.

What is a Toothache and what does it feel like? 

A toothache is a type of pain that you experience in your tooth or the surrounding area of your tooth, often due to the nerve in the root of your teeth being inflamed. This pain may also occur after an extraction of a tooth and sometimes comes from other areas and radiates to the jaw, thus appearing to be tooth pain.

Also, with bacteria growing in your mouth due to the lack of oral hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease have a higher risk of arising which contribute largely to the toothaches and pain.

Toothaches vary, some are continual while some last for only a short while. This depends on the reason behind why your tooth is hurting and the cause of your toothache. Well, if you’re wondering if what you are experiencing can be considered a toothache, let’s begin on what it feels like. A toothache can be a throbbing sensation accompanied with swelling in your gum.

It can also be in a form of sharp pain when you are chewing and consuming any form of food, or when your teeth experience pain (due to sensitivity) when in contact with cold or hot food.

Causes of Toothaches and its pain

There are two most common and main causes of toothaches, namely tooth decay and sinusitis. While there may be other causes of referred toothaches such as a warning sign to a heart attack, it is very uncommon, compared to tooth decay and sinusitis.

1. Tooth decay :

When a tooth decay (usually caused by consumption of sugary and sticky food) is being left untreated, it can result in an infection in the pulp of your tooth. This inflammation can lead to pain since the nerves that are surrounding the pulp of the tooth are very sensitive. 

2. Sinusitis :

In your sinus cavity, when your sinuses get inflamed or infected, there may be pain in the upper teeth since the sinuses are very closely related to the top layer of teeth.

Symptoms of toothaches 

Like how we briefly mentioned before on how a toothache feels like, we will now mention about the symptoms of toothaches and how one might experience toothache pains. It can be just a momentary pain or a persistent pain, depending on how severe the inflammation is.

That is, the more severe the inflammation, the longer-lasting the pain, which may even radiate to soreness in the cheek or jaw.

Some symptoms of toothaches are : 

  • Pain experienced during chewing
  • Pain experienced due to sensitivity to cold or hot food
  • Bleeding or discharge from around a tooth or gums
  • The swelling of gums surrounding a tooth or the swelling of your jaw
  • Injury or trauma to the certain area of the mouth where the teeth is hurting

These symptoms may sometimes are usually associated with dental decay and other causes of toothaches that we have named above. Dental decay and swelling gums may point to the source of pain. If you touch the area as to where the tooth is infected and inflamed, it will hurt even more. In order to define the source of the pain and get toothache relief, you may want to make a trip down to the dentist’s.

Treatment methods of Toothaches to relieve pain

While there are several methods of treatment for toothaches, they usually require medical treatment, which can be either received through over-the-counter medication or treatment at the dentist’s. For treatment, we often look at the cause of the problem to provide an efficient solution.

As mentioned above, there are two main causes of toothaches, which is tooth decay and sinusitis. Hence, regarding these causes, there are three main methods of treatment for toothaches, namely dental treatment, sinusitis treatment and home treatment.

1. Dental treatment :

As most people do, you would probably head to the dentist when you experience any pain in the teeth. Your dentist will use tools like X-rays and conduct a physical examination of your teeth to look out for any tooth decay or other dental problems. Following that, pain medication and antibiotics may be given to you according to the identified dental problems, to treat an infection and result in toothache relief.

If your toothache is due to tooth decay identified in your mouth, your dentist will remove the decay with a drill and other dental tools. An impacted or inflamed tooth may require surgical removal. However, if your dentist can’t find the cause of your toothache, they may refer you to a doctor for further diagnosis and treatment, which is likely for problems linked to heart attacks as mentioned above when discussing the causes of toothaches.

2. Sinusitis treatment :

This usually involves the taking of any antibiotics to reduce the infection and inflammation of your sinuses, which then relieves the pain of toothaches in your upper teeth.

To conclude on Toothaches, its causes, symptoms and treatments

Experiencing toothaches may be a very intimidating thing since they may be persistent and impede you from conducting your daily activities. We advise that whenever you experience any toothaches, get it treated immediately or as soon as possible as the problems such as tooth decay and inflammation may result in bigger problems when not treated early. Hopefully through this article you were able to learn more about toothache pains and methods that can result in toothache relief.

Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate and raise awareness for matters and issues regarding oral and dental hygiene. Especially during this COVID-19 period, we believe that it is highly essential that everyone maintains good oral hygiene and be safe. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.

Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone well and that you remain safe and virus-free!


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