Tooth pain is caused by the nerve in the root of a tooth or surrounding a tooth becoming irritated. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, also known as a toothache, you may have trouble when doing normal everyday things such as eating, concentrating or trying to fall asleep. Sharp and throbbing or dull and achy, tooth pain can be caused by many different sources—tooth decay, a cracked tooth, or an infection, for example. Regardless of the cause, if you have ongoing tooth pain it’s time to see a dentist.
Common Symptoms of Tooth Pain
Along with pain, other symptoms of a toothache include:
- Constant dull ache
- Sharp pain when you chew or bite
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and/or beverages
- Tenderness in the mouth
- Jaw aches or pains
- Trouble falling asleep
- Bad taste or smell in the mouth
- Pus or white fluid in the mouth
Common Causes of Tooth Pain
Tooth pain is a common complaint and can last anywhere from a few moments to a few weeks. Pain can be expected after undergoing certain procedures and even routine cleanings. But if pain has randomly developed it’s important for you to see a dentist for an evaluation. The most common causes of tooth pain derive from oral trauma and infection. Other common causes include:
- Jaw pain
- Abscessed tooth
- Impacted teeth
- Misaligned teeth (underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite)
The best way to determine the cause of your tooth pain is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
What Can Help My Tooth Pain?
Dealing with a toothache is a painful experience. Although home remedies can provide some temporary relief, they are not permanent solutions. In most cases, toothaches or tooth pain are issues that must be cared for by a dentist.
After a careful oral examination, your dentist may recommend one of the following to address the source of your tooth pain:
Who Can Help Me With Tooth Pain?
It’s important not to shy away from dental care because of tooth pain. Ignoring your painful teeth can lead to other oral health problems, especially if the pain causes you to brush poorly making you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. If the cause of your pain is left untreated, further infection may arise and the pain can get much worse. If you are experiencing tooth pain, make an appointment with one of our general dentists. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.