What is a Toothache?
Pulpitis – inflammation of the pulp of the tooth is the most common cause of toothache, or pain in the region of the jaws and face. The short, sharp pains usually occur in response to hot, cold or sweet stimuli. If left untreated, the pulp can die and becomes infected. This leads to the formation of a dental abscess. This intense pain from a dental abscess is usually in response to pressure on the tooth, and is described as throbbing and continuous.
What causes toothache?
- Dental decay.
- A cracked tooth. This may be invisible and so can be difficult to diagnose.
- A fracture of the tooth root.
- Irritation of the pulp following dental treatment.
- Exposed tooth root
The following dental problems can also cause symptoms similar to toothache (even when the teeth themselves may be free of disease)
- abscess in the gum
- inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) can be mistaken for toothache in the upper jaw.
- ulceration of the gums
- inflammation of the gum around a new tooth that is in the process of breaking through the gum tissue
How can toothache be avoided?
The best way to avoid a toothache is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. Avoid cavities by lowering your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Brush your teeth three times a day using a toothpaste containing fluoride. Furthermore, do not rinse the toothpaste away after brushing as you want the fluoride to stay on the teeth to strengthen the enamel. Also, clean between your teeth using dental floss. Visit your Pasadena Texas Dentist regularly. This way, problems can be diagnosed early and your treatment will be more straightforward.
If you need a dentist, call us at 713-941-8261 or visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.