A toothache, which is any pain or soreness in or around a tooth, can be a frustrating and unpleasant experience. In addition to feeling a sharp or dull pain, your tooth may be sensitive to temperature. You may also experience pain when chewing or biting.


• Tooth decay • Abscessed tooth • Tooth fracture • A damaged filling • Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth • Infected gums

• Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth. • Swelling around the tooth • Fever or headache • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

Various dental procedures may be needed to treat certain conditions. • For tooth decay and cavities, the primary treatment is removal of the decay by drilling. The removed area is then restored with a strong material, known as a filling. • For irreversible pulpitis, your dentist may perform a root canal, where the infected pulp of the tooth is removed. • For an abscess, your doctor may make a small cut and drain the infected pocket. • Depending on the extent of the damage, a cracked tooth may need a filling, a root canal, or to be removed and replaced.

To prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity, try to practice good oral hygiene by: • Brushing your teeth gently twice a day and using a toothpaste with fluoride • Flossing daily • Drinking fluoridated water • Getting regular professional dental cleanings • Not smoking • Avoiding habits like biting down on pencils or forks

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