What is Toothache or Tooth Pain
Toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is most often caused by tooth decay. A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth, Toothaches occur when the extremely sensitive central portion of the tooth, called the pulp, becomes inflamed. This can happen for a variety of reasons: cavities, a blow to the tooth, or an infection of the gums. The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. The pain may be aggravated by chewing or temperature (cold or hot).
Facts about Toothache or Tooth Pain
- The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity.
- The second most common cause of toothache is gum disease.
- A toothache can be caused by a problem that does not originate from a tooth or the jaw.
- Sinus infection can mimic a toothache.
Causes of Tooth Ache or Tooth Pain
A toothache may be caused by:
- Tooth Decay. It leads to cavities (holes) forming in the hard surface of the tooth
- Abscessed Tooth. Gathering of pus in the gums caused by a bacterial infection
- Tooth Crack or Fracture. Crack is often so small that it cannot be seen with the naked eye
- A damaged filling
- Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth
- Infected Gums or Receding Gums
- Injury. An injury to the joint that attaches the jaw to the skull
Treatment of Toothache or Tooth Pain
Appointment with a Dentist is the solution. Dentist will investigate causes and suggest a treatment; however, pain killers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen may help reduce pain and discomfort while you are waiting for an appointment.
1. Tooth Decay. Dentist will remove the decayed area and replace it with a filling.
2. Loose or Broken Filling. The filling will be removed, any decay will be cleaned out and a new filling put in place.
3. Pulp of Tooth Is Infected. Root Canal Treatment may be required. Dentist removes the infected pulp, fills the space with a paste and may cover the remaining tooth with a crown to protect and seal it.
4. Untreatable. Your tooth may need to be removed or extracted.
Immediate Relief from Tooth Ache or Tooth Pain
Painkiller. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen offer swift, valuable relief for most slight toothaches. Having a aching tooth can hamper your ability to eat, speak, and get to sleep. It’s also harder to treat the toothache when you are in pain, so getting some relief from an over-the-counter pain medicine can help.
- Use only the recommended dosage printed on the package, or the dosage recommended by your doctor.
- Tylenol is another efficient over-the-counter painkiller.
Cold Compress. Fill a food storage bag with ice, cover it with a thin cloth or paper towel, and apply it directly to the tooth or the cheek area just outside the tooth. The cold temperature will help ease the pain.
Numb the area. Buy an over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel to help ease the throbbing for a few hours. These gels are applied directly to the affected area and usually work for several hours.
- Do not apply the ice directly to the tooth. This will increase the pain, especially since teeth inflamed by toothaches are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
- Take an unopened ice poll (Popsicle) and apply it to the gums around the affected area. Keep it there for as long as you can. This will greatly help reduce the swelling.
- Take one 200 mg ibuprofen tablet and place the tablet in your mouth on the affected area. dissolving ibuprofen on the sore tooth may provide immediate relief
- Peel some fresh cloves, chew them up then pack it around the tooth for as long as physically possible. It really does burn the tongue and the top of the mouth.
- Take a Q Tip dip it in the witch hazel and apply to tooth or gum or use a piece of gauze dipped in the witch hazel and put between tooth and lip/cheek hold it there for a couple minutes. It is likely that pain will diminish.
- Gargle with warm salt water, warm salt water will ease the pain
- Vanilla extract works instantly
- Mix salt and toothpaste together, getting a Q-Tip and apply it on the painful tooth.
- Turmeric’s active ingredient is called curcumin, and it has exceptional pain-relieving, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder with enough water to form a paste can make an excellent home remedy for toothaches. The mixture can either be applied directly on the tooth, or on a small cotton ball to keep in the mouth.