A toothache is a pain or discomfort affecting either a single tooth, a group of teeth, or a part of the moutn around teeth.
Toothaches are never a pleasant experience, but as any other pain they actually are beneficial for our health by providing an indication that there is a problem in our body.
A tooth pain can give us a warning of an injury, inflammation or possible infection which needs immediate attention and dental or medical treatment.
The cause of a toothache is not always a problem with the aching tooth itself; it can be related to a nearby tooth, to the tissues around it, or even to a non dental health condition.
The sensation of pain is most usually caused by the irritation of the tooth nerves due to dental conditions such as tooth decay, dental abscess, tooth injury, TMJ disorders and more.
Other tooth pain causes may not be directly related to teeth (sinusitis, ear infections, heart disease, trigeminal neuralgia).
When you get a toothache, you should visit your dentist for examination without waiting to see if it will pass on its own in a day or two.
Ignoring the initial toothache symptoms and delaying treatment may result in worsening the problem, much more severe tooth pain, tooth loss and more expensive treatments.
Visiting a dentist is usually the best choice on how to stop a toothache.
In most cases tooth pain relief will require the intervention of a dentist in order to treat the underlying dental condition causing the tooth pain.
For problems like an early tooth decay and tooth sensitivity, a simple dental filling may be enough to stop the toothache.
Endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) is necessary when the pulp of the tooth is affected or a tooth abscess is formed.
If the tooth is too damaged or a root canal has failed to stop a tooth infection, tooth extraction may be needed to stop the tooth pain.
Some toothache should be considered as normal after several dental treatments such as a tooth pain after a filling,
crown, root canal or of course a tooth extraction.
But if the pain continues for several days or it becomes extreme, this may be an indication of a complication and you should seek for your dentist’s advice.
If you wake up with an excruciating toothache in the middle of the night, or if you can not reach a dentist, you will definitely need something to temporarily relieve the tooth pain.
The most common way for toothache pain relief is the use of over-the-counter toothache medicines
such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
For severe toothaches, especially after a tooth extraction or an oral surgery procedure, your dentist may prescribe stronger
prescription tooth pain medicines such as Vicodin.
Several toothache home remedies may also offer some pain relief for mild toothaches.
The most popular and effective remedies include applying cold on the aching area, and using clove oil or tea bags directly on the painful tooth.
Some toothaches are a signal of serious health conditions. A tooth pain in the left side of the jaw has been found to be a symptom of heart disease and in some cases a sign of a heart attack.
Visiting your dentist as soon as possible can prevent serious complications and reduce the discomfort and cost of the required treatments.
Never ignore a toothache
Always remember that toothaches must be treated by a dentist. Other toothache pain relief remedies should only used as temporary and never as long term solutions.