Everything You Need to Know About a Toothache

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If you have ever had a toothache then you know how inconvenient, painful, and annoying they can be. A toothache can mean that there are serious underlying issues that need to be addressed by a skilled dentist. First, lets talk about what can cause a toothache, then symptoms you may experience, and finally how to know when it is time to be seen by a dentist.

Everything You Need to Know About a Toothache

Causes of a Toothache

There are many causes of a toothache. Usually one of the causes below is contributing to tooth pain.

  • Fractured tooth
  • Decay
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Infected gums
  • Teeth grinding
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Filling issues


There are many symptoms you may experience from a toothache. You may experience one or multiple symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, then it is very important that a dentist sees you as soon as possible.

  • Tooth pain can be persistent or intermittent sharp or dull pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Drainage from affected tooth that has a foul taste
  • Inflammation around the tooth

When to See a Dentist

It can sometimes be difficult to know when a toothache is severe enough to get seen by a dentist. If you experience any thing on the list below then it is vital that a dentist sees you as soon as possible.

  • Severe pain
  • Pain or earache when opening your mouth
  • The pain wakes you up at night
  • Toothache that lasts 48 hours or longer

If you think you need to be seen by a dentist due to tooth pain, then please give our very experienced, professional and caring staff a call at Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry a call today.