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Severe Tooth Ache: Symptoms part I

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Tooth aches can range from a slight sensitivity when biting into ice cream to a deep pulsing pain that persistently radiates through your whole jaw bone.  Minor tooth sensitivity is typically not serious and can often be remedied with over-the-counter sensitivity toothpastes.  Excruciating pain that throbs in your tooth or jaw can be very serious and should not be taken lightly.  If you have a severe tooth ache, you should seek care from your dentist, an emergency dentist or hospital promptly.

What does a severe tooth ache feel like?

If you have a severe tooth ache, you may experience many of the following symptoms:

  • Heat sensitivity
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Heart beat sensation inside your tooth (throbbing)
  • Pain that radiates through jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Swelling in the gum near the problem tooth
  • Sharp shooting pain through the tooth and/or jaw
  • Tenderness to touch or tapping
  • Pain worsens when you lay down
  • Migraine headache

Did you know that the symptoms you experience with a severe tooth ache can give your dentist a good indication of what is causing you to have pain?  There are many different things that cause severe tooth aches.  The most common cause of a severe tooth ache is tooth decay (also know as a cavity) that has grown so deep it has reached your tooth’s nerve chamber.  When this happens you develop an infection in your tooth called an abscess.  Abscessed teeth are the number one most common reason people develop a severe tooth ache.  Another common cause of a severe tooth ache is a gum infection.  Gum infections (periodontal disease) can also lead to an abscess and cause you to have excruciating pain.  Less commonly, tooth aches can have a non-dental related origin.  Sometimes tooth aches can be a sign of a heart attack, heart disease, ear infection or sinus infection.  next page: part II

I don’t have a severe tooth ache, just cold sensitivity click here

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