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Severe Toothache Questions

Is an abscess causing you to have a severe toothache? Do you need immediate treatment for a toothache? A severe toothache can be the result of many things, the most common are tooth decay and gum disease. But sometimes the tooth discomfort can stem from other underlying health issues. While a toothache is not considered a life-threatening condition the pain can sometimes feel unbearable. When pain is unbearable, often questions come up about preventitive and treatment care for which Experts are prepared to answer. Read below where verified Experts have answered questions regarding the cause of severe toothaches.

Why does an abscess cause severe toothaches?

When there is an abscess, the most common cause of a severe toothache is pressure. This pain most often comes from the pressure of biting down while eating. This pressure causes the tooth to sink down into the abscess. 

What health issues cause severe toothaches?

Many health issues can lead a person to feel as if they are having a toothache. Below is a list of common non-dental related causes:

  • Sinus problems, such as sinus infections or other sinus disorders.
  • Neurological problems, such as pain or Trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Certain autoimmune conditions, such as jaw claudication.
  • Vascular disorders.
  • Temporal Arthritis.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous polyps that form about the dental nerves.
  • A cut or lesion within the mouth.

Can a crown cause a severe toothache?

One of the most common complaints after having a crown placed is the occurrence of pain.

This can be due to many reasons, such as:

  • A temporary crown can sometimes have a high spot that causes discomfort.
  • Pulpitis is a frequent occurrence during the preparation for crowning procedures.
  • A loose crown can lead to discomfort.

It is not uncommon for discomfort to last for a few months after a crowning procedure.

Is a general dentist recommended to extract a tooth causing a severe toothache?

Most extraction can be performed by general dentistry practitioner. The dentist will take an assessment and advise if further action needs to be taken outside his or her own expertise. To find a good dentist it is a good idea to start asking peers who they use.

Can a root canal cause severe toothaches?

The root canal procedure involves removing the root of an infected tooth. Often this root will have a base close to a facial nerve or nerves in the jaw. This can cause tingling or discomfort that can last up to a few months.

Are there recommended home remedies for toothaches until dental care can be afforded?

Below are a few options to use when trying to relieve tooth pain;

  • 500 milligram Amoxicillin twice daily for 3 days.
  • 400 milligram Ibuprofen twice daily for 3 days.
  • 1000 milligrams of Tylenol twice a day.
  • Rinse with warm saline, salt water or anti-bacterial mouth wash twice a day.
  • Brush teeth two times a day and make sure to use the proper brushing techniques.
  • Over the counter numbing gels and toothache drops.
  • Clove oil (apply carefully to the infected area only to avoid burning the mouth.)
  • Avoid sweet sugary snacks, carbonated beverages, smoking and alcohol, as these may lead to irritation.

There are many financial resources available to help. Below is a list of these resources:

  • The Dentistry Society can often provide a list of charitable clinics that practice dentistry at a lower cost. 
  • Dental schools are a less expensive means to acquiring dental care.
  • Most counties have dental clinics that will provide dental care based on income.
  • Some general dentistry offices offer a Care Credit program that will allow their patients to make payments in monthly installments. 

Can pregnancy cause severe toothaches?

Hormones change during pregnancy that can lead to the development of dental issues. The most commonly seen are pregnancy related gingivitis, and vascular gum lesions (pregnancy tumors).

What medicine can quickly sooth a severe toothache?

Ketorolac is an analgesic prescribed for some of the most severe toothaches. If Ketorolac is not accessible try cycling between 400 milligrams of Ibuprofen and 1000 milligrams of Tylenol four times a day.

How does Amoxicillin help a severe toothache?

Amoxicillin is prescribed to prevent swelling from an infected tooth from getting worse. This medicine is not used as a cure for the tooth pain itself. Amoxicillin is often given to bring down mouth and facial swelling caused by sinus infection. It is prescribed as a 10-day treatment. 

A toothache can be brought on by many different things that are not always related to dental causes. It is not always clear just what the cause might be. Where do you turn to get advice when you have a severe toothache? Rely on an online dental Expert. They can save you time and money and possibly a trip to the dentist. 

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