Toothaches can be very painful and are not uncommon. Symptoms can include sharp or dull pain in and around the tooth, bleeding from the gums, a facial rash, jaw pain, trouble chewing, and possibly even chest pain. Many people wonder if a toothache is something to be concerned about and what actions to take.
You should be concerned about a toothache when
-The toothache has lasted longer than 1-2 days
-The toothache is causing severe pain
-You are experiencing a fever or chills
-You have an earache, or pain when you open your mouth
Many things can cause a toothache. What might be causing the pain?
-Gum Disease- Gingivitis is a cause of not practicing good oral hygiene. The gums can become swollen and begin to bleed causing pain around the tooth. Make sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid this issue.
-Abscessed Tooth- When a tooth is left untreated it can become infected and begin to swell causing severe pain. This is a serious problem that should be discussed with your dentist immediately.
-Tooth Decay- A cavity or tooth decay can begin to cause pain in the tooth if left untreated. Left untreated this begins to cause pain in the tooth so make sure you schedule an appointment for a filling.
-Cracked Tooth- This is obvious, but having a cracked tooth can become very painful. Discuss with your dentist on options such as a root canal, on ways to fix cracked teeth.
-Allergy or Sinus Issues – When sick, your mucus lining can swell. This causes blockage in your nasal passages, which clogs your maxillary sinuses located in your cheekbones. When these get clogged, it traps bacteria in your mouth and can cause a toothache.
-Wisdom Teeth- If you are wondering if this might be the cause of your toothache, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your dentist to confirm this is correct and what options are available.
What to do When You Have a Toothache
-Take a Painkiller
-Apply a Cold Compress
-Apply Numbing Gel
-Go to the Dentist
-Keep Your Teeth Clean
If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, contact us immediately. We will help assess the situation and determine what is causing the pain and what actions are needed to fix the problem.