What Causes Toothaches?

Toothache is characterized by severe pain, which can have several causes. In any case, this is a dental emergency that must be taken seriously if you want to avoid complications. Treatments at the dentist, but also natural tips to relieve pain, find out everything you need to know about the best ways to prevent and cure your toothache.

How Do Toothaches Manifest?

The first thing to know about a toothache is the different symptoms that can signal its presence. In most cases, it will begin to manifest as a dull ache, but that will be bearable, before intensifying to become unbearable. But sometimes it can happen more suddenly, and sometimes even follow the beat of your blood vessels to radiate all over your face. In this case, you will have no choice but to consult a dentist, since analgesics, even the most powerful, will be ineffective. Among the other signs to watch for if you suspect a toothache, consider observing the gum of your sick tooth, which will tend to swell and cover it in part or as a whole. If it is not treated in time, a toothache can cause swelling that can go up to double in volume and take up your entire cheek.
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What Are the Sources of a Toothache?

The symptoms of tooth rage, but also the proper treatments, will not be the same depending on its origin. There are indeed several known causes that can cause a toothache, and it is essential to know them to care for the best. Here are the main forms.

Pulpitis
Pulpitis is one of the main causes that can cause toothache. It is a medical term designating caries which would not have been treated, and which would, therefore, have touched the nerve of your sick tooth by exposing it to a bacterial infection or to abnormal pressure, until putting it raw.
Untreated Cavities

Untreated cavities can also cause dentin (which will be characterized by increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as an unpleasant smell in the mouth). At its most advanced stage, your cavities can cause a tooth abscess, which will manifest as the expulsion of pus and infection that can spread to your joints and even other organs.

In the case of pulpitis, watch for the following symptoms:

  • high sensitivity to heat
  • a pulse inside the tooth
  • difficulty chewing
  • more severe pain when lying down (which you cannot treat with pain relievers).

If you observe one or more of these symptoms, it is of course not recommended to lie down (at the risk of intensifying your toothache, and the associated pain). Prefer to install the back propped against pillows and the head upright. Also avoid eating food that is too hot or too cold, and chew on the side opposite your cavity.

You can also make a mouthwash, and take paracetamol, two solutions that are much more effective than pain relievers in relieving the pain caused by pulpitis.

These are of course only emergency measures , the first thing to do is to quickly consult your dentist, who will be the only one able to treat your cavities and relieve pain in the long term.

Gas Gangrene
Tooth rage can also be caused by gas gangrene, the breakdown of organic matter that protects the root of your tooth. This decomposition leads to the production of gases which, failing to be released, put pressure on your tooth and cause stabbing pain. It is also these dull and constant pains that can diagnose tooth rage caused by gas gangrene.

Questions? Contact Today's Dental Grand Prairie!

If you have any additional questions about symptoms, treatment, or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grand Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We also offer emergency dental treatments as well.

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