Toothache or tooth pain is the result of inflammation of the portion of the tooth called pulp which is located at the center of the tooth. It contains nerve endings that are very pain sensitive. This inflammation is usually caused by cavities, strain, and infection. Other tooth pain causes are due to diseases in gums, plaques, tooth decay, trauma and tooth extraction or loss of tooth. The pain that you feel when you have a tooth pain is due to the irritated nerve endings of the affected tooth. These nerve endings are very sensitive that it gives you excruciating pain that is so relentless that you wish you can pull the affected tooth to stop the pain.
Other minor tooth pain causes are due to super cold or hot beverages; this is especially true if you have very thin tooth enamel which may cause the sensation of hot or cold water reach the nerve endings. Enamel cannot regenerate itself so if you often feel tooth pain every time you drink hot or cold beverages, better consult your dentist. Poo oral hygiene and acidic diet habit is what makes enamel wear out and eventually tear.
Once you have identified tooth pain causes it is time that you also research or ask your dentist about preventing the culprit. Usually a good oral hygiene habit and a regular visit to a dentist keep you away from tooth decays that are main causes of tooth ache. You also want to watch for your diet and try to avoid eating foods that are not friendly to your oral health. You have to put in mind that prevention is always better than cure.
Symptoms and signs of a serious toothache
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of tooth pains because sometimes, there are other diseases that is associated with it that requires serious medical attention as it threatens one’s life. Jaw pain and tooth pain may be confusing as these are the common complaints of a person that suffers from severe toothache. Tooth pain are often not serious and not life threatening however, if you feel pain for more than 15 minutes after exposure to trauma and temperature it radiates to your ear, jaws, cheek and gums with severe inflammation, this may be more than tooth pain and requires immediate medical attention.
Serious and life threatening tooth pain includes the following:
- Severe pain in chewing
- Sensitive to hot and cold
- Bleeding around the gums
- Inflammation or swelling around the tooth or of the jaw or cheek
- Persistent pain and swelling after trauma or injury
These symptoms and signs need medical attention right on as it may be associated with gum diseases and infections that if left untreated may cause other diseases. Sometimes sinusitis, throat and ear infection, and injury to the TMJ or temporomandibular joint is connects the jaw to the skull are confused with tooth pain. So it is better that you always consult your dentist if you have those symptoms and signs.