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Symptoms & Causes of a Toothache

Symptoms & Causes of a Toothache

Published on June 21st, 2018

If you feel a sharp, throbbing or constant pain in your mouth, there’s a chance that you have a toothache. While there are many ways you can develop a toothache, the bottom line is, it is painful and something that you should address as soon as possible. In Cary, IL, toothaches are something that we deal with on a daily basis. Here are some symptoms and causes of a toothache and what you can do to avoid them.

Common Symptoms

As noted above, sharp, throbbing pain around a tooth is a tell-tale sign of a toothache. You also might notice that the area around the tooth is swollen, or there is foul-tasting drainage that comes from the infected area. Tooth pain might be accompanied by a headache or a fever.


Unfortunately, toothaches in Cary, Il have a wide variety of causes. If you have an abscessed tooth, meaning the infection has spread to the root, it will cause a toothache. Other causes include cavities, dental injuries like a chipped or fractured tooth might result in a toothache. Gum disease, sinus infections, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) and dry sockets from wisdom teeth removal can cause a toothache.

When to Visit a Dentist

If your toothache lasts longer than one or two days, or if the pain is excruciating, it’s a good idea to visit our dental professionals to get it checked out. If you notice that you have a fever, earache or you cannot open your mouth without being in pain, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. You do not want the issue to get more complicated or spread to other parts of the body through your bloodstream.

It’s never fun to have a toothache in Cary, Il, but our experienced dental professionals will have you back to normal in no time!

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