Toothache or pain in the tooth is one of the most dreaded and bothersome symptom and those who have had it at any time in life can never forget the awful feeling.
Toothache or odontalgia is an uncomfortable condition that interferes with daily activities.
The onset, nature, duration and intensity of the toothache are some important aspects which are taken into account when one attempts to get rid of it. These factors help to determine the underlying cause behind the tooth-ache and thus help in eliminating it
When one has a tooth ache, he tries to diminish or relieve the pain before paying a visit to the dentist.
However, the Symptoms of toothache vary largely amongst individuals as the underlying cause differs.
When one has a toothache, here are the few important questions that essentially need to be answered before providing any diagnosis and treatment:
When and how did the pain start? Is this a recurring pain or you are experiencing it for the first time?
Does the pain get worse or lessen at anytime in the day or night?
Does the pain increase while chewing hot and cold substances?
What is the nature of the pain? Is it a dull aching pain or is it a continuous throbbing pain?
Does the pain feel close to a tooth or does it feel like it is spread in a certain area in the mouth including the gums or any area of the jaw? Do you notice or feel any swelling or tenderness associated with the tooth ache or areas near it?
Is there any pain in the ears or while opening or closing your mouth? Is there any associated limitation of opening or closing of your mouth?
Pain associated with a decayed tooth has been found to have varying intensity at different times of the day. It is often noticed that the pain gets worse on lying down or early in the morning. Though this kind of fluctuation is seen in pain associated with tooth decay, an absence of this change in the pattern of tooth ache doesnt not rule out the possibility of the pain due to a decayed tooth.
A thorough evaluation of any of the above experienced situations should be done by an oral physician or dental surgeon. A diagnosis and treatment plan can be made only after doing a few investigations by the professional. These commonly include clinical examination, x-ray of the concerned tooth or region or entire upper and lower jaw. Few other tests can also be conducted by the physician including pulp-vitality tests, dye-penetration etc to check for the tooth vitality.
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