What is Toothache?
Most people will have experienced a tooth ache at some point. The pain can be either in or around your teeth, it can be persistent, or just affect you when you eat. If you're suffering with a tooth ache, you might notice it being worse at night time when you're lying down, and you may experience some pain in your jawbone too.
Symptoms of tooth ache may include the following:
• A sharp pain or throbbing ache in your tooth,
• Swelling of the affected area,
• A headache or fever,
• A constant bad taste.
What causes Toothache?
More often than not, tooth ache is caused by decaying of the tooth. When this happens, the outer layer of your tooth erodes due to the presence of bacteria.
Other causes of tooth ache might include:
Should I see a dentist?
If you're experiencing discomfort, you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. With tooth aches, it's often best to act quickly, as it may end up worsening if it's left alone. For example, it may lead to an infection that can have lasting, irreparable damage to your teeth.
If you're still unsure, see your dentist if;
• You experience the tooth ache for two or more days,
• You're in severe discomfort or pain,
• You notice a pain in your ear, have a fever, or experience discomfort when opening your mouth.
Get in touch with your local practice to make an appointment.