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Toothache - Causes and Solutions

Toothache or teeth pain are so bad. Why we have more pain at nights? and what tooth medication can we use to stop a toothache?

Toothache is no ordinary pain. It can be one of the most unpleasant types of pain you can experience. Many people wonder why toothache is so sore. Along with the pain, you may also be dealing with sensitive teeth and difficulty with eating and drinking. Toothache pain is real, it’s in your head and it can make it hard to go about your day and even think straight.

A lot of tooth pain is caused by inflammation in the pulp or inside part of the tooth. The pulp of each tooth contains lots of nerve endings that are highly sensitive to pain. This can cause the often constant throbbing pain that makes toothache especially unbearable.

Why is toothache worse at night?

Toothache stimulates your dental nerves to an intense degree and this contributes to why it can be more severe at night. This nerve stimulation activates your brain and can keep you awake. And sometimes the anxiety from staying awake can disrupt your sleep even more. In some cases what you eat for dinner might aggravate a painful tooth. Food that is very hot, cold, sugary, acidic or starchy can quickly make an underlying toothache issue worse. It’s often true that at night, without the distraction of daily activities, pain can seem more obvious and feel worse. Sometimes toothache gets worse when you lie down because blood rushes to your head, which then puts extra pressure on the already sensitive areas in your mouth.

What Are The Causes Of Toothache?

Toothache can be caused by something happening to your teeth or gums. They also can be caused by pain in other parts of your body. Common causes of toothaches include:

Mouth or jaw injury. These can occur from blunt force trauma to the facial area.

Sinus infection. Drainage from sinus infections may cause tooth pain.

Tooth decay. When bacteria causes tooth decay, the nerves in your teeth may be exposed, causing pain.

Losing a filling. If you lose a filling, the nerve inside the tooth may be exposed.

Abscessed or infected tooth. Sometimes called a dental abscess, this condition is described as a pocket of pus in the tooth.

Food or other debris wedged in your teeth. Organic and inorganic matter wedged in your teeth can cause pressure between the teeth.

Teething or wisdom teeth crowning. If you have wisdom teethHow to deal with Wisdom teeth? coming in, as well as breaking through the gums, they may be pressing against other teeth.

Temporomandibular joint disorders. TMJ is classified as pain in your jaw joint, but can also affect your teeth.

Gum disease. Gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease can cause toothaches or pain.

Grinding. You may grind or clench your teeth at night which can cause additional pain.

Getting rid of a toothache at night

Having to deal with a toothache during the day is bad enough, but tooth pain at night can be ten times more frustrating since it can keep you up during the times your body needs to recuperate. There are several ways you can find toothache relief, and when that pain comes at you in the night, what you need and want is most likely a quick solution. If you’re trying to find out how to stop a toothache at night then here are a few ways you can tone down the pain:

Keep your head in an upright position. Keeping your head at a level higher than the rest of your body will keep blood from accumulating in your head which could easily cause the pain of a toothache to intensify.

Try using mouthwash. The use of mouthwash that contains alcohol will serve to disinfect your mouth as well as numb the pain.

There is not any toothache medicine but you can take pain medication such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). These will help to eliminate lesser pains but if the pain is stronger then it most likely won’t get rid of the pain completely.

Try not to eat cold, hard, or acidic food right before going to bed. If you do, it might irritate your teeth and cause pain in any cavities that might already be formed.

Apply a cold ice pack to the part of your face where the pain is. Do this before going to sleep and it should numb the pain enough so that you can catch some shut-eye.

When to see a dentist?

In unbearable pain situations, Book an appointment to see one of our dentists as soon as possible if:

You have pain longer than a day or two

intolerable pain is already started and remain

You have a fever

You have earache or ear pain when you open your mouth wide

How can toothaches be prevented?

Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, these good oral hygiene practices can prevent toothaches:

Brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste

Flossing at least once a day

Seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning

In addition to these practices, eat foods low in sugar and ask your dentist about sealants and fluoride applications.

Toothache FAQs

What’s the best over-the-counter toothache medicine? 

The go-to anti-inflammatory medication for toothaches is ibuprofen (Advil). You can take 600-800 milligrams at a time for inflammation over a three-day period, but don’t take it for more than a few days at a time.

Why does my toothache come and go?

Sometimes, pain is responding to a temporary stimulus, like hot, cold, or sugar, as in the case of root sensitivities or cavities. Other times, it might be an abscess flaring up and then healing enough that the pain subsides, even if the infection itself isn’t completely gone.

Cracked teeth also often have acute pain that fades and recurs as the pulp inside the tooth gets irritated or infected, heals, and then gets irritated again.

Can a toothache cause a headache?

Yes. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for carrying messages for almost all toothaches as well as headaches, which often means that toothaches can be directly responsible for headaches. Additionally, we often tense up other areas of the body like the jaw when our teeth hurt, which can lead to headaches. Other problems, like sinus infections, can sometimes radiate as both toothaches and headaches.

When do you need to take an antibiotic for tooth pain?

When your dentist or doctor prescribes it! Typically, you’ll get a prescription antibiotic if your dentist suspects or finds infection.

This is also a common prescription for the period of time before a root canal, in order to get the large infection under control before opening the tooth.

Should I use a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash to get rid of bacteria that’s causing my toothache?

No! Hydrogen peroxide should never be used in the mouth. Peroxide is highly antibacterial, which is actually not a good thing for your oral microbiome in the first place. (That’s the reason It’s not recommended using essential oils in the mouth very often.)  However, the more serious reason you should avoid using hydrogen peroxide in the mouth is the increased risk of oral cancer.

Can toothache go away on its own?

The short answer is yes. In some situations toothache or tooth sensitivity can come and go. If this happens it’s probably a reversible inflammatory response by your tooth. Your relief may be short lived though. Only after a dentist has made a proper diagnosis about the cause of your pain can you potentially avoid further damage and find a permanent pain solution. To get the right treatment you really do need a professional assessment and diagnosis by a dentist.

How much does it cost to treat toothache?

The price of treating toothache varies depending on what is causing the pain. Toothache can be a symptom of something serious, so it is recommended that you see a dentist to check it out. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause and advise you about the cost of treatment. When you book online for toothache, simply select an appointment for toothache or emergency.

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