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What is toothache?
Toothache is pain in or around the teeth or gums. It can occur when chewing, or eating or drinking - particularly hot or cold substances. While mild pain is a fairly common complaint, prolonged and severe pain may be a sign of a serious dental condition. If you have toothache that lasts for more than one or two days, you should see your dentist (Source: WebMD).
What are the treatments for relieving / curing toothache?
Your dentist will need to establish the cause of the pain, typically with an x-ray. If it’s tooth decay, the dentist will remove the corrupted area of the tooth before inserting a dental filling. If the cause is a loose filling, they may remove and replace it.
If you have infection in the pulp of your tooth, your dentist may perform root canal surgery, before inserting a special type of filling to protect the remaining structure of the tooth and stop it from happening again. Tooth extraction may be required in certain cases.
What are the causes of toothache?
This condition may be caused by any one of a number of factors. The main causes are decaying teeth, cracked teeth, fillings which are broken or loose, receding gums, or an abscess. It can also be caused by ulcers in the gums, sore gums around an emerging tooth, sinusitis, or injury to the jaw. In babies, it can also be a symptom of teething. (Source: NHS Choices).
How can I prevent myself from getting toothache?
To prevent toothache, it’s best to follow a good regime of dental healthcare. Keep your teeth and gums in good condition by brushing twice a day, visiting the dentist regularly, and cutting back on sugary food and drink. You can also clean between teeth with floss or an interdental brush, chew gum after meals, and use a mouthwash. Quitting smoking can also prevent dental complications. (Source: NHS Choices].