A toothache is severe pain in the mouth. It can be mild or severe, and is often accompanied by fever, ear pain, or swelling in the jaw.
A toothache happens when the nerves inside the tooth become irritated or inflamed. This condition can occur for a number of reasons, including:
Other causes of toothache include tooth grinding, oral piercings, a sinus infection, teeth sensitivity, a broken tooth, a cracked tooth, and receding gums.
You should see your dentist right away. The dentist will examine your mouth and teeth and X-ray your teeth. To treat your toothache, your dentist will first find out what is causing it. If the cause is gum disease, your dentist will clean your gums and may prescribe antibiotics. If trauma is the cause, you may need a root canal. If tooth decay is causing the toothache, the dentist will remove the decayed tooth pulp and fill the cavity with a dental material. If the tooth is infected, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics.
Dental infections are typically treated with root canal therapy, which involves removing the diseased pulp and replacing it with a filling. During the procedure, the nerves and blood vessels are removed, and the tooth is sealed to help prevent reinfection. This procedure is usually quite effective, and patients generally experience little to no pain.
If your dentist cannot save the tooth, they may recommend extraction. While extraction may sound scary, it is a very common procedure and typically does not produce any pain.
Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, can help prevent tooth decay and cavities, which are the most common causes of toothaches. It is also important to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. And be sure to visit your dentist regularly, at least every six months.
We at Vose Family Dentistry provide the best treatment for patients with toothache. Call us at (507) 387-2255 to schedule an appointment.