A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth. Minor toothaches can come from a temporary gum irritation. More serious toothaches are caused by dental and mouth problems that won’t get better on their own and will need to be treated by a dentist.
A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will fill the cavity or possibly extract the tooth, if necessary. A Root Canal Treatment might be needed if the cause of the toothache is determined to be an infection of the tooth’s nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner aspects of the tooth cause such an infection. An antibiotic may be prescribed if there is fever or swelling of the jaw.