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A toothache can keep you up at night and make it difficult to concentrate during the day. As we all know, it’s hard to think about anything else when your mouth is in pain. Not to mention, it can signify a more serious dental issue, like infected pulp.
The pulp is located inside your tooth and consists of nerves, blood vessels, and sensitive tissues. When one of these gets irritated or infected, it could be the source of severe tooth pain. Meanwhile, other dental problems may be the underlying cause of this problem. So, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is important to save your tooth. Otherwise, it may lead to further damage.
Hills Family Dental Centre offers root canal therapy and tooth extraction for severe toothache. We apply advanced dentistry in performing these dental treatments and aim to provide a convenient and comfortable environment for every patient. You don’t have to keep the pain; skilled dental professionals will work to find the appropriate treatment for you and give you relief from your toothache.
Common Causes of
Severe Tooth Ache
Tooth decay is caused by various factors, such as poor oral hygiene, consuming sugary and acidic foods, and bacteria. A cavity or hole will develop later on, which can cause mild to sharp pain.
A tooth abscess is a collection of pus that forms around the tooth due to an infection. The infection begins in the pulp, the soft tissue in the centre of the tooth.
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Root canal treatment gets rid of the inflamed pulp from inside the tooth. Once removed, the dentist will clean the area, and a filling seals the space to complete the treatment.
This procedure prevents the further spread of bacterial infection and preserves your tooth.
It involves entirely removing the tooth from its socket– this procedure may be the only way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and free of disease.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Severe Toothache
If the pain is not severe and not persistent, it’s usually nothing to worry about. But, if you feel longer-lasting pain or pressure in your tooth, it may be due to a more serious dental problem. Here are the following signs of a severe toothache:
- A dull ache, sharp, throbbing tooth pain. Sometimes the discomfort may only happen when pressure is applied, like biting down or chewing.
- There is swelling or inflammation around the problem tooth.
- Increased sensitivity when drinking or eating hot and cold foods and beverages.
- High fever and headache.
- Unpleasant taste and foul smell from your mouth.
- Swollen jaw or cheeks.
If you’re experiencing dental pain, you must see a dentist immediately so they can check your teeth and provide you with professional treatment. In the meantime, you can do some remedies at home that may give you short-term relief:
- The salt helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Rinse your mouth gently with warm saltwater. You can do this several times a day until the pain subsides.
- You may use over-the-counter pain medications. But make sure to read and follow the instructions found on the label.
- When your face or jaw is swollen, an ice pack may help to reduce the inflammation. Place the frozen pouch in a cloth and place it on the side of your cheek.
One of the reasons why severe toothaches get worse during the night is that the brain has fewer distractions at night. There is also more blood flow when you’re positioned lying down, so the dental nerves are stimulated to an intense degree, and this contributes to why it can be more severe at night.
Additionally, the stimulation activates your brain and may keep you awake. Sometimes, what you eat for dinner might aggravate a painful tooth.
Severe toothaches are often the result of decay, so it’s important to practice good dental hygiene habits to prevent them from occurring. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day help remove plaque and bacteria that can cause caries.
In addition, it’s important to see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings. Eating a balanced diet is also important for oral health as sugary and acidic foods can contribute to dental decay.