Toothache Toothache
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Toothache Definition A toothache is any pain or soreness within or around a tooth, indicating inflammation and possible infection. Description A toothache may feel like a sharp pain or a dull ache. The tooth may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets. In cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult. Any patient with a toothache should see a dentist at once for diagnosis and treatment. Most toothaches get worse if not treated. Causes and symptoms Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes: tooth decay (dental caries) inflammation of the tooth pulp (pulpitis) abscesses gum disease, including periodontitis loose or broken filling cracked or impacted tooth exposed tooth root food wedged between teeth or trapped below the gum line tooth nerve irritated by clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism) pressure from congested sinuses traumatic injury