Toothache refers to pain around the teeth or gums.

Common dental causes of aching teeth include cavities, abscesses, gum disease, exposed roots, cracked teeth, bite trauma, tooth impaction and/or eruption. The severity of a toothache can range from mild to sharp and excruciating. The pain may be aggravated by chewing or by temperature changes. You should always visit your Dentist to diagnose the cause of your discomfort. Once diagnosed, you may be referred to a Dental Specialist for further treatment.


Treatment Options

Patients may need a root canal  or tooth extraction if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing
  • Facial or oral swelling

Intervention is needed when the soft tissue inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay (cavity) or filling, multiple dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth.

Quick Facts
  • Sometimes, a toothache may be casued by a problem not originating from the teeth or jaws, such as the ears (infections) or sinuses (the air passages).
  • Occasionally a toothache can be symptomatic of diseases of the heart, such as angina or a heart attack. Usually the pain of angina is located in the chest or the arm; however, in some patients with angina, a toothache or jaw pain is the only symptom of this problem.