If you never experienced toothache in your life, we hope you never will. It’s definitely not a pleasant experience.  Here is some helpful information in case you do.

What is a Toothache?

A toothache is a painful tooth. The pain can be mild to severe. It can be localized or widespread.  It can be a dull ache, throbbing, or sharp pain.  It may be constant, or in some cases, it is only felt when pressure is applied to the tooth or while eating something hot or cold.

Other symptoms you may be experiencing:

Swelling can be localized to the area around the tooth or, in more severe cases may spread and even affect the face. Swelling of the face should never be ignored.

Foul taste in the mouth
You may notice a foul taste coming from drainage around an infected tooth

Headache or Fever
Otherwise unexplained headache or fever can also be a sign that there is a dental problem

Difficulty opening your mouth
Opening your mouth fully may be painful or even become impossible

Difficulty swallowing or breathing
This is extremely concerning and can become life-threatening

Most common reasons why you may be having a toothache

There is a lot list of potential causes of tooth pain. Figuring out what the cause of the problem is will make it easier to know what to do about it.  Some of the most common are:

  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Erupting or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Improper Oral Hygiene
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Damaged fillings
  • Fractured/cracked tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Temperature Sensitivity
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth decay

Tooth decay is the most common cause of a toothache. The deeper the decay the more severe the symptoms. If the decay reaches the center of the tooth the pain will likely be quite uncomfortable. It is important not to ignore this as it may quickly become an even a more significant dental issue.

An abscessed tooth is also a common culprit. An abscess is an infection in or around your tooth.  An infected tooth will have a pocket of pus form around its root.  Most of the time, this will result in a more widespread pulsating pain that may make it difficult to pinpoint the exact location the pain is coming from.  This can also be accompanied by some swelling of the gum or a “pimple-like” lesion.  If the abscess is able to drain the level of pain may decrease but you may notice a foul taste in the mouth and sometimes even a bad odour. An abscess can become a very serious issue and should be treated as soon as possible.

Treatment for toothaches

The treatment will depend on the cause of tooth pain. It is important not to eliminate the pain but also to address the underlying concern. Fixing the cause of the toothache will hopefully eliminate it from coming back.   Common treatment options may include the following:

When to see a dentist

If you are experiencing dental pain, you should see a dentist.  It is essential to do so as soon as possible any issue that is neglected can have a negative impact on your health.  When you see the dentist, they will complete a physical exam and x-rays if needed. They will also need to review your medical history and ask you some details about the pain.  They will discuss their finding and provide you with the best treatment options to get you out of pain and prevent the pain from coming back.

If you are experiencing any dental discomfort or have any other concerns, we will be happy to help, contact Guelph Royal Dental Center today.

DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is no way to provide a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation.  Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.