Toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is most often caused by tooth decay. The pain can starts suddenly and varies from mild discomfort to a severe throbbing, which is often worse at night. The area of your jaw close to the infected tooth may also be sore and tender to the touch.
Toothache can either come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold.
If you have toothache for longer than one or two days, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get. If your toothache is not treated, the pulp inside your tooth will eventually become infected. This usually leads to a dental abscess , which can cause severe and continuous pain. For adults painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen may help reduce pain and discomfort while you are waiting for an appointment.
Other causes of pain in the jaw are gum infection , wisdom tooth problems , and others
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