Toothaches – Causes and Treatments

Toothaches can be very painful and can even cause serious damage without immediate attention. Check out the below guide so you know what to do the next time you experience a toothache.

Overview

Having a toothache occurs from inflammation of the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. Inflammation to the pulp or pulpitis may be caused by dental cavities, trauma, and infection. Referred pain from the jaw may cause you to have symptoms of a toothache.

Causes

Risk factors for toothache include:

  • Dental infection
  • Gum disease
  • Plaque
  • Dental decay
  • Injury
  • Cracked teeth
  • Poorly placed fillings or crowns
  • Failing or leaking fillings or crowns
  • Loss of a tooth (including tooth extractions)
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Treatment

If you are experiencing any type of toothache you should book an appointment as soon as you possibly can so we can work out what the cause of the toothache is and then fix the problem accordingly.

Leaving a toothache unresolved for too long can cause even more severe pain then the patient may have had before, it can also cause very large facial swellings, can make you feel unwell. Sometimes the infection can spread to other parts of your body which could be life-threatening.

Always check with a health professional if you are concerned with any toothache.

For more information, please speak to your dentist or call us on (03) 9048 1026.