How much do you know about toothaches?

Posted on September 28, 2017 in Dental Articles, Dental Education

Many people will experience the pain of a toothache at some point in their life. It can be considered the worst of all possible pains, till the point of being unbearable. In fact, toothaches have been measured to be third in intensity behind the pains of childbirth and some terminal cancers.

While most people think that all toothaches are the same, but in fact, they are very different. Through this article, you will learn more about the different types of toothaches.


Different Types of Toothaches

1. Sharp Tooth Pain or Sensitivity

This type of toothache is a sharp stabbing pain or sensitivity that comes in bouts. The loss of tooth enamel may be caused by brushing too much or getting older. Sharp pain or sensitivity to cold drinks could be caused by receding gums or a cavity. It could also signify the beginning of a cracked tooth, decay or an abscess.

2. Chronic Tooth Pain

Chronic tooth pain might be a sign of nerve damage, tooth decay or also due to trauma to the teeth (such as after a car accident, a fall or being hit in the mouth). Grinding the teeth causes nerve damage if it happens over a long period of time.

3. Tooth Pain while eating

Eating could cause toothache because of tooth decay or a crack in the tooth on that side. If this occurs, you are advised to see a dentist to have it checked out and taken care of as soon as possible.

4. Jaw Pain

Wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause this type of tooth pain and is typically felt at the back of the jaw bone. Grinding teeth together can make the teeth and jaw hurt. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD/TMJ) can cause tooth and jaw pain. Pain from this type of toothache may also be felt in other part of the face, such as the cheekbone, eye or ear.

5. Throbbing Tooth Pain

This type of toothache pain is severe and might continue for a long period of time. Severe tooth pain accompanied by swelling in the face is the sign of an infection of abscess. You should visit the dentist straight should you ever experience this type of tooth pain.


What should you do then?

If you ever experience any type of toothache pain, it should never be ignored. While tolerating sensitivity to hot and cold foods is painful, it can be reversed with treatment. You should always maintain good oral health because tooth decay and gum disease can lead to more serious health problems, such as abscesses which can spread to the brain if left untreated.

Feel free to ask any member of our team about this aspect of dental treatment. For more information, contact Alpha Dental.