Signs and symptoms of toothache
Toothache and jaw problems are common complaints. The pain of toothache often starts suddenly and can vary from mild discomfort to very severe pain.
The pain can be worse when you are eating or drinking, there may be severe pain due to pressure, or to hot or cold stimuli. The pain can also get worse when you lie down because it results in more pressure. The pain may be referred to your head, radiate to the cheek, jaw. Your toothache pain maybe constant or come and go.
Toothache symptoms should be taken seriously, no matter it is mild or how irregular they appear to be because toothaches almost always originate deep within the tooth and indicate that something is wrong with the root itself.
The signs and symptoms of cavities and tooth decay vary depending on the severity and location of the cavity. You may not have any symptoms at all when a cavity or decay is just beginning.
Typical Symptoms of toothache include:
- Pain when chewing
- In chronic cases, there may be bleeding or discharge from around a tooth or gums
- Hot or cold sensitivity
- Swelling around the tooth
- Swelling of the jaw
- Injury or trauma to the area
- The signs and symptoms occasionally associated with dental decay or gum disease. Dental decay or an area of redness around the tooth’s gum line may point to the source of pain. It may take more intense if you tap an infected tooth. This sign may point to the problem tooth even if the tooth appears normal.
A tooth is painful to touch
- Fever with difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- Malaise-tired and feeling off color.
- The occurrence of pus is common during toothache. The tooth may have become abscessed.
- Continual pain that interferes with sleep.
- A toothache needs to be differentiated from other sources of pain in the face. Sinusitis, ear or throat pain, or an injury to the temporomandibular joint that attaches the jaw to the skull may be confused with toothache. Pain from a deeper structure called referred pain, may be passed along the nerve and be felt in the jaw or tooth.
In order to treat a toothache, the cause of the toothache must be found. Once the cause is determined, your dentist will give you your treatment options.
If it is caused by a cavity and the cavity is not too large and deep, the most common treatment is to fill the cavity.