How Do You Know You have Tooth Ache?
You can only know you have a toothache if you already know some of its symptoms and signs. The most common way that you can do this is by experiencing pain in your jaw or tooth nerves. You will know you need to see a dentist if you experience:
- A sharp, constant and sometimes throbbing pain in your tooth - The pain can be experienced whether you apply pressure on the tooth or not.
- A tender and sometimes painful swelling around the tooth.
- Cases of mild or severe fevers and headaches.
- A foul tasting drainage from your teeth or an infected tooth.
- Foul smell from your mouth even after you have brushed your teeth.
If you have a tooth problem, you will experience one of more of these symptoms. On the other hand, it is possible for these conditions to subside within a day or two. You could still schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure everything is well. If the ache continues over several days, the pain becomes severe, it even develops into a fever, you feel pain each time you open your mouth or you have an earache you should make an emergency appointment with your dentist.
It is only through proper identification of the root cause of the condition that you will be in a position to get the accurate remedy, be it medical attention of a solution that you can do on your own. It is also very important that you take the correct measures to ensure that the condition does not spread to other teeth. An uncontrolled toothache can affect parts of your face, your skull and even enter your blood stream causing more damage.
What is the Treatment for Toothache?
There are very many treatments that can be used to stop the tooth from aching. The only problem is that you must first know the type of toothache you have or its cause before you can have the most effective treatment. When you go to the dentist, the practitioner will:
- Obtain you medical history and conduct a physical examination.
- Seek information from you such as when the pain started, how long you have been experiencing it, where it is located, what makes the pain worse and what makes it better.
- Make a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, throat, ears, neck and nose
- Take an X-ray if he or she suspects there is more to the pain that what it seems.
- Establish the root cause before prescribing a medication.
Once the dentist has diagnosed the cause to the problem, he or she will take the necessary steps to ensure you do not have the pain again. If it is a tooth cavity, the cavity has to be filled, or if you want the tooth can be removed altogether. An infection of the tooth nerve is best treated by a root canal the same way a bacterial infection is treated. In the case of a swelling on the gum or jaw, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to reduce the swelling and also reduce the pain if you are experiencing any. The other way to reduce the swelling and pain caused by a toothache is through a Phototherapy done using a cold laser.