A toothache is a term for any pain felt within or in the area around a tooth. There are many reasons why you might have a toothache, and none of them should be ignored.
A toothache often means that the nerve endings in your mouth have been damaged in some way. The nerves in your teeth are found in the innermost part of your tooth, a conglomeration of soft tissue called the dental pulp. Pulp damage can be caused by a multitude of sources, including oral accidents, injuries, tooth decay, dental erosion, and gum disease. Jaw related issues such as TMJ disorder or bruxism are known to cause toothaches as well.
Your toothache may be accompanied by a facial rash, high fevers, swelling, and chills that are abnormal and unexplained. You can treat your toothache with aspirin, ibuprofen, or ice packs. If you continue to experience pain 24 hours later despite taking over-the-counter medication, it’s time to call our dentist.
If you have a toothache, or if your jaw is giving you discomfort, you can call our office so our team can get you in to see Dr. Steven J. Brazis quickly so the source of the toothache can be determined and treated. Our office is located in Sacramento, California, and we can be reached at 916-731-5151. Our dentist and team look forward to seeing you smile bright this season.