One of the most common dental complaints in the world, a tooth ache is often the reason which finally prompts many to visit the dentist for the first time ever. There are many types of toothaches and pains with a variety of reasons behind them.
A tooth ache can be sharp and excruciating, or dull or throbbing. It can be located around the teeth or it can be confounding as it radiates over the jaw and outwards to include the neck. While a visit to the dentist and a thorough examination are necessitated when one suffers from any kind of tooth pain, regular check-up’s can help a dentist identify and treat the potential causes of the toothache itself before the symptoms manifest themselves.
Some of the common causes of a tooth ache include:
- Eruption of a tooth through the gums (Teething)
- Tooth decay or presence of cavities
- Any sort of infection in the gums or the root of the tooth
- Abscessed tooth
- Any dental injury or trauma to the teeth
- Teeth grinding, clenching or bruxism
- Collection of food and debris in between the teeth which have spaces
- Fracture or crack of the root of the tooth
- A severe sinus infection – it may sometimes manifest itself as a tooth ache
- Presence of misaligned or impacted molars – usually third molars or wisdoms
- Receding gums
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – a condition of inflammation of the joint connecting the skull and the lower jaw.
Apart from these common causes, tooth pain, unfortunately, is also sign of more sinister and serious health concerns. Nerve disorders, neuralgias, impending heart, or angina attacks can all sometimes present themselves as tooth, jaw, or ear pain.
While it is recommended that patients suffering from any kind of lingering tooth ache or associated symptoms such as fever, headache, swelling in and around the mouth, or any foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth, seek out professional dental advise by visiting the dentist as soon as possible.
However, until a patient can see their dentist, in the meantime, they can use any of the self-care tips for temporary relief against tooth-aches. These tips include:
- Warm salt water rinses
- Careful brushing and flossing to remove any accumulated plaque or food debris from between the teeth
- Use of any over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief.
- Application of cold-compress or ice-pack to bring relief from swelling in cases of trauma to the tooth
- Or the application of clove oil on the sore gum and tooth in order to numb the area.
If you are a patient suffering from any degree of a tooth ache and are looking for a dentist in the Lewisville, TX area, you should call D. Dental to set up a consultation today.