Tooth Pain

What Causes Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of underlying issues. Common causes include tooth decay, gum disease, trauma, infection, abscess, sinus infection, and grinding or clenching of the teeth.

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is often accompanied by a dull, throbbing or sharp pain. Other possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain when chewing or applying pressure
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet food and drinks
  • Swelling of the gums near the painful tooth
  • A fever, headache, or earache
  • Inflamed lymph nodes

What to Do About Tooth Pain?

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend treatment. Depending on the cause, treatment may include filling cavities, root canals, extractions, antibiotics, or pain relievers.