Toothache

Toothache is that well-known feeling of dental pain. The classic cause is “dental decay” with the need for a “filling” but there are other causes. Toothache needs to be distinguished from other similar symptoms such as tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, gum pain, and other dental symptoms. Read more about ...

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Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that's usually caused by tooth decay. You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold ...1

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Causes of Toothache

What causes toothache? Toothache occurs when the innermost layer of the tooth (dental pulp) becomes inflamed. The pulp is made up of sensitive nerves and blood vessels. Dental pulp can become inflamed as a result of:

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Differential Diagnosis of Toothache

Trigeminal neuralgia: The main symptom of trigeminal neuralgia is sudden attacks of severe sharp shooting facial pain that last from a few seconds to about two minutes. ...Source: NHS Choices UK2 ...

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Causes List for Toothache

Possible causes of Toothache (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Clinical Features of Toothache

You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. The pain can also be mild or ...4

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Treatments for Toothache

Practical Advice: Toothache

  • For a toothache, first rinse the mouth with warm water to remove debris.
  • If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (do not use heat).
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Prevention of Toothache

Preventing toothache The best way to avoid getting toothache and other dental problems is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. To do this, you should:

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References

  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Toothache/ 
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Trigeminal-neuralgia/ 
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Toothache/ 

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