A toothache often feels like a sharp pain or a dull throbbing ache. The tooth involved may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets but in cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult. Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes.
Patients who are experiencing any of the following possible toothache symptoms should consult with a dentist:
• Significant, persistent pain in the tooth that is often sharp or throbbing – this is the main indicator of a toothache.
• Noticeable puss at the site of the discomfort – this may indicate the presence of an abscess, which not only causes pain but can increase the patient’s risk of developing a systemic infection.
• Swelling around the problematic tooth – this also may suggest the presence of some sort of infection.
• Fever – This is yet another sign of infection. Continue reading What Causes a Toothache?