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    About tooth pain

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    Tooth pain, or a toothache, is sharp, throbbing, or aching pain felt in or around the tooth. Tooth pain can make it hard to eat, drink, or concentrate. The specific symptoms of tooth pain may vary depending on what is causing the pain, but common sensations include:

    • Persistent aching or throbbing pain
    • Sharp pain when pressure is applied to the tooth (like when you bite down)
    • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
    • Gum sensitivity
    • Inflammation around the tooth
    • Bad breath
    • Foul tasting drainage from the tooth
    • Fever
    • Headaches

    Tooth pain has several causes, including:

    • Tooth decay
    • A cracked or damaged tooth
    • Food buildup between the teeth
    • Infected gums
    • Worn-down teeth
    • An abscessed tooth (a bacterial infection in the center of the tooth)
    • Eruption (teeth erupting through the gums)
    • Loose or damaged fillings

    Mild tooth pain may be managed at home, but if the aching doesn’t go away after a few days, schedule an appointment with your dentist. If the cause of the tooth pain goes untreated, it can lead to further damage and complications. Dentists can treat tooth pain by filling cavities, removing rotting teeth, performing root canals (if the pulp at the center of the tooth has become infected), and prescribing antibiotics for bacterial infections.

    Treatment Options

    Most cases of tooth pain will require a visit to the dentist. Before your visit, you can use the methods below to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Before starting treatment, talk to a provider or dental care provider about the treatment option that is best for you.

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