Ache can be caused by advanced dental cavities or an impact to the tooth following an accident, for example. The actual reason for aching can also be inflammation erupting after cavities, among other reasons.
Initially, the tooth often causes passing sensations, such as when eating something cold. When the inflammation advances, also long-term dull or pulsating pain can be felt in the tooth. One sign of an ongoing inflammatory reaction is swelling in the oral region. The farther the inflammation advances, the more sensitive to touch the tooth becomes. Slightly dull pain can turn into an intolerable ache if left untreated.
A sensitive tooth is often still alive and can be saved. If the tooth is sensitive to heat, it usually requires root canal therapy.
Painkillers and hot or cold baths placed against the cheek can help with tooth ache. However, these are first-aid methods only, and you should visit a dentist to have your oral state examined. When the aching is associated with swelling, you should urgently seek a dentist’s assistance.
If dental inflammation is not treated, it can also spread to other parts of the body.
What should I do in case of an accident involving teeth?
Contact a dentist urgently after the accident. In case of injuries to the teeth and jaws, you should seek emergency care without delay. Teeth can also be damaged as the result of a smaller impact. Even then, it is a good idea to have your teeth checked.
If a tooth comes completely off following an injury, you should keep it. In this case, you should keep the tooth moist until the appointment, for example in milk. Milk teeth need not be kept, as they will not be attached back.
At the appointment, the tooth that came off is cleaned, attached back in place and splinted. The splint keeps the tooth in place until the tissue has recovered sufficiently and the tooth is kept in place by itself. A small piece coming off the crown of a tooth does not always require immediate repair, so the treatment can be postponed to the following day.