Symptoms Of Toothache – Some of the signs you experience can be symptomatic of other more serious ailments so it can be difficult to give an accurate diagnosis without the assistance of your dentist.
These are the general signs of toothache:
- Sharp, shooting acute pain isolated to the affected area that comes and goes (this could be caused by tooth sensitivity, head tension or stress as well as the tooth possibly being cracked or exposed to air.
- Dull throbbing chronic pain that lingers for a longer period of time.
These are not as common for toothache. If you experience any of the following, please contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible:
- Are you experiencing fever?
- Are you finding breathing and swallowing difficult?
- Is the affected area surrounding the tooth swollen? is your check or jaw the same side as the affected area also swollen and feeling sensitive to the touch (almost like a tingling sensation?)
- Are your glands swollen under your jaw on the affected tooth’s side? this usually means that the body is fighting an infection which exhibits as fever.
- Is your tooth too painful to eat, is it affecting your eating or sleeping?
- Is there a foul smelling, tasting discharge of pus coming from the affected tooth? This could be a sign of abscess infection which when left untreated can end up in the bloodstream. It can also spread to and infect the surrounding bone of the affected tooth.
These are signs of infection. Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of these, because if left untreated can lead to complications.
The Different Types Of Toothache Pain And What They Reveal
As we touched upon before, different types of tooth related pain can be an indicator of different problems.
Sharp, shooting pain:
Can indicate tooth sensitivity or hypersensitivity due to wear and tear and demineralization of tooth enamel from brushing (especially with a hard bristle brush), gum recession where the root is being exposed to more air than usual, decaying dental cavity, cracked tooth or abscess.
Chronic, lingering pain:
Suffering from this type of toothache could be the result of nerve damage from grinding the teeth, advanced tooth decay which has penetrated and damaged the nerve, trauma to the affected area through injury.
Pain or discomfort while eating:
Usually arises from tooth decay or a cracked tooth.
Severe throbbing pain:
Along with a swollen face or lymph nodes, swelling under the jaw of the affected side is usually an indicator of infection from an abscess.
Pain to the back of the jaw:
Particularly where the molars are situated may be due to impacted wisdom teeth where the teeth on some occasions only partially come through or remain below the surface of the gum line causing pain whenever applying pressure through biting. It’s a pain similar to a baby teething only with the added tension of the teeth not able to cut through the gum.
This type of pain could also indicate TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) or Bruxism (tooth grinding), which can express pain in the jaw and in the facial bones such as the cheekbones and the boney structure within the outer ear canals.
You can feel this structure where the hinge is located linking the upper and lower jaws by simply inserting your index finger into your ear while chewing at the same time, that movement you experience is the Temporomandibular joint. This type of movement causes joint friction and discomfort for sufferers of TMJ.
Whatever the cause, your toothache could represent other problems. It’s best to get this checked out by your dental professional while you treat the immediate pain now.
(click below to read more)
(1) How to Cure That Toothache Naturally in 12 Hours or Less
(2) Understanding What Causes Toothache Pain – part 1
(3) Understanding What Causes Toothache Pain – part 2
(4) Tooth Pain Can be a WARNING of more Serious Issues
(5) The Different Types Of Toothache And What They Reveal
(6) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 1
(7) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 2
(8) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 3
(9) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 4
(10) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 5
(11) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 6
(12) 21 Natural Treatments For Toothache Pain – part 7
(13) How To Prevent Toothache Pain From Returning – part 1
(14) How To Prevent Toothache Pain From Returning – part 2