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Severe Tooth Ache: Symptoms part III

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Symptoms of a severe tooth ache in detail continued: what do the symptoms mean?
Ear pain
Just as in referred or radiating pain, ear pain can be associated with a severe tooth ache because of nerve distribution.  Nerves that give sensation to upper teeth have branches that go to the ears as well.  Because the nerves in your teeth and ears are connected, and ear infection can cause tooth pain and a tooth infection can cause ear pain.  Some things ear pain can be associated with are: an abscessed tooth, broken tooth, gum infection, ear infection and tmj.

Sinus pain
All of your teeth have a long root that is imbedded into bone.  This is what anchors your tooth to your body.  The roots of your upper teeth often extend into or close to your sinuses.  If you develop a sinus infection, it can impact your teeth if they are in close proximity to your sinus cavity.  Many people develop a severe tooth ache when they get a sinus infection.  Typically, when the sinus infection clears, the severe tooth ache dissipates.

Swelling in the gum tissue
Awelling often accompanies a severe tooth ache.  Swelling indicates that there is inflammation and fulid retention around a tooth.  Most swellings occur on the outer part of the gum tissue above or below a tooth.  It often looks a like a bubble and sometime pus can ooze out of this swelling.  This type of swelling is usually associated with an infection and bacterial build up.  Swelling can be caused by a wisdom tooth, abscessed tooth, dental or facial injury or gum infection.

Sharp shooting pain
If you have a severe tooth ache, sharp shooting pain is often a symptom you will experience.  Pain that shoots through your jaw or tooth quickly is usually related to an irritation in the nerve.  Your nerve communicates sensory information to your brain.  When a nerve is pinched due to inflammation or irritated and traumatized due to an infection, it can give you sharp shooting pain along its pathway to the brain.

Tenderness to touch
Anytime you have a severe tooth ache, your whole jaw can become tender to touch making it difficult to chew food or brush your teeth.  Teeth that are tender to touch are often infected or inflamed.
Pain worsens when lying down
If you have severe tooth pain that worsens in a lying down position, it usually has to do with pressure.  When you lay down, your heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood to the upper part of your body, therefore, if you have a severe tooth ache, the increased amount of blood pressure to your jaw and tooth can cause the pain to significantly worsen.  That is why many people with a minor tooth ache wake up in severe pain in the middle of the night.

Migraine headache
A severe tooth ache can make your whole head hurt.  It can cause muscles to tense in your head, neck and back leading to a migraine headache or tension headache.  TMJ disorder can also lead to a migraine headache.
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