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If you are experiencing any of the following, you may have a toothache:
- Severe, throbbing, constant pain
- Pain that radiates to the neck, head, jaw or ear
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling in the gums around the painful tooth
- A foul taste or odour coming from your mouth
When you ignore a severe toothache and delay proper treatment, it will only continue and cause more complications. The pain is usually caused by an unaddressed dental problem, such as an infection or tooth decay.
If it is ignored, these symptoms will only worsen and could lead to serious problems, such as tooth loss or the spread of the infection. Additionally, you may need more expensive and invasive treatments in the future.
For these reasons, it is essential to visit your dentist as soon as you experience a severe toothache so that they can properly diagnose and manage it.
Here are some helpful tips to manage severe toothaches at home:
- Contact your dentist as soon as possible to book an appointment.
- Rinse with warm water and salt to cleanse the area.
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications, such as paracetamol, for temporary relief.
- Avoid eating hard or chewy foods so as not to aggravate the pain.
In most cases, severe toothaches will not go away on their own. As mentioned, it is usually a symptom of an underlying dental problem that needs immediate attention. When the pain seems to subside, it could indicate that the tooth is dying.
It would still need to be checked by a dentist as it may require a root canal treatment or tooth extraction. This is because the bacteria from the infection can continue to spread and lead to further complications.