Why have I got toothache?
There are various possible causes of toothache, from damaged enamel and sensitivity, to decay and injury. Decay is the most common cause of toothache and you may have tooth pain if you have a cavity; cavities are usually caused by plaque acids, which are released by harmful bacteria in plaque. Other possible causes include fractures and chips, which are usually caused by accidents, sporting injuries or falls and dental abscesses, which tend to cause throbbing pain.
What to do if you have toothache
If you have toothache, you don’t have to suffer in silence and it’s best to see your dentist as quickly as you can, as dental issues tend to get worse with time and your dentist may be able to treat you before the condition gets worse and you require more intensive treatment. When you see your dentist, they will examine your teeth to determine the cause of the pain and then discuss potential solutions with you. If you have a cavity, the most common course of action is to fill the tooth, which helps to prevent the infection from spreading and enables you to enjoy better tooth function. If you have a fractured tooth, you may need a crown and dental X-rays will help your dentist to determine the extent of the damage.
In cases where a patient has a dental abscess, it is essential to drain the abscess and remove the bacteria from the mouth.