Toothache Types, Causes and Therapy
Toothache – discomfort in teeth or gums around it, both minor – slight uncomfortable feeling, and barely tolerable. Toothache can be provoked by gums surface irritation disappearing after a while, and the pain subsides – toothbrush bristles are too stiff, solid food pieces stuck between the teeth, and the like. More serious and strong aches can be caused by a bacterial infection, broken tooth, tooth surface hole, etc.
- Acute – ache appears suddenly and manifests itself very intensely.
- Aching – prolonged feeling with low intensity, which doesn’t stop after a while.
- Pulsating – root of such ache is an abscess – purulent inflammation being identified by swollen gums and cheeks becoming bright rosy.
- Carious tooth damage.
- Abscess – infection located in the tooth center, rapidly progressing and provoking purulent inflammation.
- Seal integrity violations – foreign particles get inside the tooth.
- Constant strong teeth clenching or grinding – tooth surface is erased.
- Gums infection.
- Period after tooth extraction or when a new tooth appears is wisdom teeth.
Ache can manifest itself constantly or with some kind of tooth impact – pressure, for example, when biting off food. Symptomatology looks like:
- area around the tooth is swollen;
- headache or fever occur;
- tooth is infected – it and the area around have a disgusting aftertaste;
- unpleasant odor from the oral cavity;
- severe inflammation – difficulty swallowing and breathing.
Firstly, the doctor asks the patient about the ache nature, how long it has been manifesting itself, and others. Next, the dentist conducts a thorough oral cavity examination. To assess the condition and teeth roots, the patient is assigned an X-ray.
Toothache way of treatment
If there’s a cavity in the tooth, doctors fill it with a filling substance or remove the tooth if it’s completely affected.
- Toothache treatments aimed at root canal restoring – affected pulp is removed and replaced with a filling – intervention is required if a nerve is infected.
- Antibiotics are prescribed in the high fever or severe jaw swelling presence. Foreign particles stuck under the gum provoking serious inflammation – dentist cleans it and places the meds.
With minor and short-term ache caused by local gum surface irritation, you can eliminate the pain yourself.
- Rinsing the mouth with a warm solution of salt or soda in water.
- Flushing with peroxide prevents possible bacterial interference.
- In the edema presence – cold compresses.
- Pain relievers – ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.
- Rinse with clove pomace or apply a swab soaked in such a liquid to the painful area.
- Applying an alcohol-based vanilla extract to gum.
- Applying a brewed peppermint tea bag to the affected area.
Above can also be resorted to if you cannot see a dentist soon for professional toothache treatment.