My Tooth Hurts: Toothaches and their Symptoms

July 24th, 2019

A toothache is generally described as any pain in or around a tooth. Tooth pain can be sharp and throbbing to dull and constant. Applied pressure, such as chewing or biting, can trigger or worsen pain. Additionally, your tooth may be sensitive to temperature, resulting in pain when eating or drinking something extremely cold or hot. No matter what type of pain you are experiencing, toothaches are unpleasant and aggravating. Galliano Family Dentistry is here to help find the cause and fulfill the solution of your tooth pain.

Causes of a Toothache

Out of many possibilities, tooth decay or infection are the most common causes of toothaches. Tooth decay refers to erosion of the outer surface (enamel) of the tooth and ultimately, the formation of a cavity. Other common causes of toothaches include:

  • Gum disease
  • Inflammation of the tooth pulp inside your tooth
  • A cracked or impacted tooth
  • An abscess
  • Sensitive teeth

Fear not, many toothaches are not caused by underlying disease. These causes include biting into something hard, flossing, and getting something stuck in between your teeth. In children, toothaches are a normal part of development.

When To See a Dentist

So, how do you know if you should visit the dentist? If your toothache lasts more than a day or two, make an appointment to see a dentist. If you develop a fever, have red and swollen gums, experience difficulty swallowing or breathing, or have foul-tasting drainage, see a dentist immediately. Regular visits to a dentist for professional cleanings will optimize your teeth health and avoid pain-related dental issues.

How to Treat a Toothache

Professional treatment is recommended for any toothache and necessary if you are experiencing any of the severe symptoms above. In order to treat your toothache, your dentist will first need to determine the cause. To narrow down diagnoses, your dentist will consider your medical history, a dental exam, and possibly an imaging test such as an X-ray. At Galliano Family Dentistry, we believe comprehensive and thorough evaluations are necessary to both treat and prevent dental diseases such as cavities, abscesses, and gum disease. Contact us today to receive the highest quality dental care and eliminate that toothache for good.