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What is a toothache?

Pain around the teeth or jaws is known as "Toothache". It can occur as result of dental conditions and tooth problems, such as a cracked tooth, a dental cavity, an exposed tooth root, or gum disease, or by disorders of the jaw joint (known as the temporo-mandibular joint). Toothache severity can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. Chewing food or exposure to cold or heat can aggravate the pain.

Toothache diagnosis

Your dentist can diagnose the cause of toothache by undertaking a thorough oral examination, including dental X-rays to determine whether the toothache is coming from a tooth or jaw problem.

Occasionally toothache can be caused by a problem not originating from a tooth or the jaw. Pain around the teeth and jaws can be symptoms of diseases of the ears (including inner or external ear infections), sinuses, and heart (including heart attack or angina). In these cases an evaluations by both your dentist and doctor is necessary to diagnose the medical illnesses causing the toothache.

Common causes of toothache include:

- Dental cavity
- Gum disease
- Dental abscess
- Cracked tooth syndrome
- Irritation of the tooth root
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Eruption
- Impaction

If you are suffering from toothache, to make an Emergency Dental Appointment call:

Park Clinic Dental 01 2853666
Knocklyon Dental 01 4936909