Published on August 20, 2022, Updated on May 3, 2024

When the nerve in the tooth’s root or in a nearby tooth is inflamed, it causes pain around the tooth. This is called a toothache. Most of the time, toothache signs mean that something is wrong with the teeth or gums. You should see a dentist if you have a bad toothache because it could be caused by dental or oral problems that won’t go away on their own.

What to do if a tooth pain is unbearable?

When the pain is unbearable or impossible to handle, you need to go to an emergency dental clinic. Controlling the pain is an important part of treating a toothache. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are over-the-counter painkillers that can help with minor pain. Gels that contain benzocaine can be used to relieve very bad pain. When you rinse your mouth with mouthwash, it may both clean and numb your teeth. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and place it on the side that hurts the most. If none of these work, look for an emergency dentist in your area.

What causes tooth pain?

Here is a list of the most common things that can cause tooth pain.

  • Tooth decay. Tooth decay or cavities can hurt a little to a lot when you bite down. Root canal therapy is needed if the dentist finds that the tooth decay has reached the root.
  • Abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is one that has an infection in the pulp chamber that has spread to the root tip or the area around it. An abscess is an infection that can form in the extracted tooth area after dental work.
  • Trauma/Injury. Teeth that are shattered or knocked out result in tooth pain.
  • Gum disease. When you don’t take care of your teeth, plaque builds up, which leads to periodontal disease, which makes your gums swell and hurt.
  • Bruxism. Toothache related to the Temporomandibular Joint can result from bad oral practices such as teeth grinding or bruxism (TMJ).
  • Wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth cause excruciating tooth pain if they are not removed when they are ready to come out.

What are the different types of toothaches?

Here are several toothaches and what they mean.

  • Dull, Persistent Ache. The most common kind of tooth pain is a dull, constant ache. Toothache can be caused by things like an abscess, food stuck in the gums, or grinding your teeth.
  • Sensitive Teeth. Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold are a common problem. Most of the time, this is caused by worn-down enamel. Exposed roots, decayed teeth, worn fillings, and gum disease all make tooth sensitivity worse.
  • Sharp pain. A cavity or a break in the enamel of the tooth can cause pain that is sharp or jabbing. When teeth hurt a lot, it’s often necessary to go to the dentist.
  • Severe, throbbing pain. A cracked tooth or gum disease that has exposed the nerves or root of a tooth can cause severe, throbbing pain. For this kind of pain, especially if it’s become unbearable, you need to see an emergency dentist.

How do you know if you have a toothache?

Pain in the tooth and mouth is the main sign of a toothache, but other kinds of pain can show up in the following ways.

  • Fever or headache
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain
  • Swelling, painful gums
  • Tooth pain that occurs when pressure is applied

How to Make Tooth Nerve Pain Go Away?

Taking medicine is the best way to get rid of tooth pain. If there is a lot of swelling in the face and mouth or a fever, a dentist will suggest antibiotics. Plaque and germs that have built up under the gum line may need a thorough cleaning to get rid of them. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the toothache.

When to go to the dentist for tooth pain?

You need to visit a dentist if you experience tooth pain for more than two days. Dr. Pooja Banga at Oral Health Center is qualified to find the source of the pain’s occurrence and assist in its relief.

What tests or exams can be done if you have a toothache?

For a toothache to be diagnosed, a full medical history and oral exam may be done. There are times when panoramic and dental x-rays of the teeth and jaws are needed.