Learn about the causes of Toothache & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Toothache within New Zealand.
Therapies which may benefit Toothache
Toothache is an aching pain localised in or around the tooth. It is
commonly caused by cavities, decay, gum disease or the emergence of
Causes of toothache
Inside a tooth is a space filled with dental pulp that contains nerves
and blood vessels. When this pulp becomes inflamed (a condition known
as pulpitis) it causes pain. Inflammation of the dental pulp occurs
through problems such as:
Babies who are teething and children with new teeth can also experience toothache.
- Tooth decay – dental decay causes small holes (known as cavities) in the hard enamel surface of the tooth
- Tooth fracture – a crack in tooth
- Fillings – loose or broken fillings can cause pulpitis
- Receding gums – gums that pull back from the tooth can leave softer, sensitive parts of the tooth exposed
Symptoms of toothache
The main symptom of
toothache is mild or severe pain in and around the affected tooth. Pain
can also radiate out into the jaw, head and ear. The surrounding gums
may feel sore and tender if an infection or abscess is present and pain
is often worse when eating or drinking.
affected tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold food and bleeding
may occur around the tooth and gums. In severe toothache, or when an
abscess is present, there may be swelling of the jaw.
Diagnosis of toothache
If you are suffering with toothache then you
should visit a dentist. The dentist will examine the teeth and gums for
inflammation, swelling and decay. If necessary, the dentist will use an
X-ray to look for any decay, fractures or problems with the jaw bone.
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