Toothaches varies from the minor sensitivities to severe pains, hence the system keeps the body informed on what is going on. Tooth pains are mainly caused by nerve reactions on the tooth pulp, where extreme sensitivity and pain can be felt from internal or external stimulus. Below are some of the sign and symptoms of tooth pains:
Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and foods
One usually experiences discomfort for a short period of time at a certain time, mainly cause by decay on the tooth’s surface, loose filling, or a root surface that has been exposed leading to gum recession and abrasion.
It might not be anything serious but in case of sensitivity, try to keep it clean by using a soft toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste. Clean around the gum line and remember not to brush your teeth more than twice a day.
Similar to an ointment treatment rub the toothpaste on the tooth surface and leave it for ten minutes or so every day, in case of severe sensitivity consult your dentist.
Experiencing sharp pains while biting down food
This pain may be due to decay, loose fillings or a cracked tooth; it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor in case the pain worsens. The pain might be caused by damage at the pulp tissue, which would require your doctor to perform a root canal treatment and clean the damaged pulp by disinfecting it, filling the space, then sealing it up to protect the tooth. A decay will need to be gotten rid off, while a loose filling will need to get replaced by your dentist. A cracked tooth can be easily treated, however it depends on its location, depth and how it is connected to the pulp.
Sensitivity to cold and hot foods after dental treatment
After any dental treatment obviously you are obviously prone teeth inflammation caused by inflammation of the pulp tissue. The sensitivity would last only for a few days, but if it is due to plaque removal or crown replacement it would last for about two weeks or so. One can use mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen or aspirin, and if pain persists visit your dentist.
Experiencing lingering pains after eating hot or cold foods and liquids
This is mainly due to dying pulp inflammation, deep decay or even physical trauma. In this case you are advised to visit your dentist to diagnose the problem before it becomes severe, most likely there is an abscess development on your teeth, therefore the teeth would require a root canal treatment to remove dying and useless tissues to save your tooth from further damage.
Sensitivity to touch, gum swelling and constant severe pain and pressure
It is mainly caused by a spreading infection or an abscess that easily spreads from the pulp to the periodontal tissue and bone. Visit your dentist as soon as possible, whereby a root canal will be required and mild painkillers such as acetaminophen and aspirin which will help ease the pain during the healing process.
Among other symptoms such as dull aches, pressure on the upper teeth and sinus area; you might experience jaw pains and mild discomfort around the teeth and jaw while biting. In case of such issues see you dentists for a proper evaluation, and in case of severe pain your doctor will recommend you to a physician.