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How Do I Know What Kind Of Toothache I Have?

How Do I Know What Kind Of Toothache I Have?

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Toothache is a protective mechanism ranging from mild sensitivity to severe pain, letting the body know something is wrong. In the case of teeth, this problem occurs due to the reaction of the nerve terminals inside the dental pulp, and diagnosing its severity depends on the type and intensity of the stimulus.

Pains related to teeth and of dental origin can be classified based on the time the pain lasts, the duration of the pain, the intensity of the pain, etc. In this article from dehealthandbeauty, we will discuss the types of toothaches and their characteristics and diagnosis.

 

Related: “Top 10 Root Causes Of Dental Pain

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Diagnosing the cause of toothache with the type of pain

Sometimes, many people only say, “I have a severe toothache,” and the exact location and type of pain are unclear to them and can not diagnose because the pain has the property of spreading and spreads to the surroundings or ears and throat and causing sensitivity and discomfort in these areas. 

However, by specifying the type of pain and its location, it will be much easier to diagnose the cause of toothache.

In that regard, reading the article “Tooth Pain, No Cavities, Treatment, And Remedies” would be helpful.

  1. Tooth sensitivity to cold and heat after tooth filling

This pain sometimes occurs after deep fillings close to the nerve, and if the filling is new, this sensitivity may last for 2-4 months; of course, the level of this sensitivity should decrease. 

If possible and tolerable. Pain bear with this pain; if this sensitivity and toothache increase and continues, you should see a dentist. To check the filling and diagnose its amount and correct it if needed.

  Moreover, if the filling is related to before and is placed on the denervated tooth, it is possible that your tooth has suffered from decay and needs re-endodontic treatment.

Related: ‘What To Do With Tooth Sensitivity

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  1. Short and momentary pain when eating and drinking hot and cold foods

Various factors cause this type of toothache; the cause of this pain may be a slight decay in your tooth. You should go to the dentist immediately and before the progress of caries, And take action to remove the rottenness and fill the tooth.

  Moreover, if your tooth has already been treated, the previous filling may have a problem and need to be restored. If the level of decay has progressed and the so-called tooth has reached the nerve, there is a definite need for diagnostic root canal treatment.

  Another cause of this pain is the decay of the gums around the teeth. You must see a dentist to check the cause and treatment. Moreover, if needed and with their diagnosis, if your gum recession is caused by dental calculus, scaling, and if the amount of gum recession is more, gum surgery should be performed.

Related: What To Do With Tooth Sensitivity 

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  1. Pain for 10 to 20 seconds after consuming cold and sweet food

It is possible that the decay of your tooth causes the cause of this pain, and it is better to see a dentist before the progress of decay rate and reaching the nerve of the tooth for proper diagnosis. Moreover, proceed to repair and fill the tooth.

  1. Sharp and stabbing tooth pain when chewing

The cause of this pain may be caused by decay, fracture, or crack in the tooth, and if your tooth has already been treated, your toothache may be caused by tooth rottenness again or the loosening of the previous filling. that you should act quickly and before the progress of decay or more damage to the tooth, for diagnosis,  restoration, root canal treatment or re-root canal treatment. 

This depends on the amount of tooth damage and the infection’s progress.

Related: Treatment Of Tooth Infection Swelling

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  1. Pain after eating food

Often, this pain is caused by an increase in the tooth decay rate, and the infection may have reached the pulp or root of the tooth, so they say that the tooth has reached the nerve. 

This type of pain usually increases at night. Moreover, this toothache at night causes insomnia and discomfort at night. In this case, you should immediately visit a dentist for treatment. 

If the decay is superficial, the tooth decay will be eliminated the tooth will be repaired. Moreover, if your tooth has reached the nerve, proceed to root canal treatment.

  1. Throbbing pain after consuming hot food

This type of pain usually increases at night. It may be due to the decay of your tooth, and it is even possible that it has reached the pulp of the tooth; in this case, you should immediately visit a dentist for diagnosis and treatment. 

If the decay is superficial, the tooth decay will be eliminated, and the tooth will be restored. Furthermore, if your tooth has reached the nerve, proceed to root canal treatment.

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  1. Continuous and long toothache

This pain is usually related to a tooth infection, and the cause of your tooth infection must be determined first. If your tooth infection is caused by tooth decay, then you need to treat the root if the decay is more severe. 

Moreover, suppose the cause of the tooth infection is related to the gums, according to the diagnosis and opinion of the period (gums) specialist and the conditions of the gums. In that case, you should treat the gums and perform gum surgery.

Related “Tooth Infection Swelling

  1. Constant and intense pain with pressure and swelling of the gums

The cause of this pain is a tooth abscess and tissue infection around the jaw bone; first, the infection and inflammation of the tooth should be reduced under the supervision of a dentist by taking antibiotics, and then the related treatment, including root canal treatment, gum treatment, and in case the infection progresses and the inability to maintain the tooth, tooth extraction and surgery, and then implant start.

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  1. Dull pain and feeling of pressure in the upper teeth of the upper jaw

Most of these pains are caused by sinusitis. Moreover, if your dentist diagnosed that your pain is caused by sinusitis, You should see a doctor for treatment.

  1. Pains in the joints and jaw muscles that are felt in the morning.

Experiencing this pain, especially in the morning, is due to teeth grinding at night, which happens unconsciously. Moreover, the cause of teeth grinding must be determined first for treatment. 

However, to treat grinding teeth, you should generally reduce stress, anxiety, and psychological pressure and use a night guard as diagnosis and prescribed by the dentist, which is used while sleeping.

Related: “Temporomandibular Joint Disorder ( TMD ) Causes And Remedies

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  1. Constant and intermittent pain in the jaw, throat, and ears

It is possible to feel this type of pain along with throat burning and pain in other places and symptoms including:

Pain, inflammation, and infection in the wisdom tooth itself, adjacent teeth, or jaw

Difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth

Pain in throat, ear, head, and left or right side of face and neck

The feeling of this type of pain is often related to the wisdom tooth, which is determined by a visit or Dental imaging and under the supervision of a dentist.

Because it is possible that the wisdom tooth is hidden or semi-hidden and has no outward symptoms to diagnose, and only pain and swelling of the gums, be felt.

Therefore, it is better to perform wisdom tooth extraction or surgery to prevent possible damage and complications. Because in addition to pain and infection, it also causes damage to other teeth.

Related: “What Should I Do With The Pain Of Wisdom Tooth Decay?

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  1. Loose or crooked teeth

This pain may be due to periodontal disease (gum disease), which causes swelling and inflammation of the gums and the loss of tissue around the tooth and its loosening. 

Therefore, you should go to a dentist to diagnose the cause of the pain and finally to a period (gum) specialist for treatment.

In this situation and according to the tooth’s position and if it is an anterior tooth (front teeth), an attempt is made to preserve the teeth by using bone powder and gum surgery.

Moreover, if the posterior teeth (end teeth) have complications, they may perform tooth extraction or dental surgery according to the dentist’s diagnosis and the tooth’s condition.

Loose or crooked teeth
  1. Oral and dental ulcers

Mouth ulcers can have different types and causes; common conditions, such as cold and cold sores, have various factors involved in these oral complications. Including:

  • Genetic factors
  • Stress
  • Lack of oral hygiene
  • Allergy to food or use of contaminated food
  • Deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid in the body
  • Presence of herpes virus in the body
  • Some diseases

And …

Presence of herpes virus in the body
  1. Feeling pain in all the jaw, mouth, and teeth

Sometimes a person may feel pain continuously or intermittently after consuming hot and cold food or at night in the entire mouth and teeth space; in this case, the possible possibility is:

  • Decay and infection in some teeth
  • Reaching the nerve of the tooth
  • wisdom tooth pain
  • Treated toothache (nerved, coated, etc.)

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Moreover, because pain’s nature is such, it spreads and causes pain around the principal place of pain. It is difficult to diagnose the source of the pain and the damaged tooth; the tooth’s appearance may be healthy and decay-free. 

As a result, only by dental imaging and examining the condition of the teeth and roots by a dentist or specialist can the origin and leading cause of the pain be determined, and the necessary treatment can be performed.

Related: “Bad Breath Like Rotten Eggs ( Causes And Remedies.”

Why do toothaches hurt more at night?

At night, due to our sleeping position, the pressure of the entire head increases, which increases the internal pressure of the blood vessels inward of the teeth; therefore, with the increase in blood pressure, there is more pressure on the nerves. The tooth feels painful. Therefore, the patient with this problem, while sleeping, gets up and walks. 

Drinking cold water can also help to relieve their pain because cold water reduces the pressure of the dental vessels and relaxes the nerves adjacent to the tooth. Also, washing the teeth with salt water can lead to tooth pain treatment because water Salt is an anti-bacterial solution and will temporarily soothe your teeth against infection.

Conclusion

Toothache is a problem that everyone has experienced at least once in their life. In addition to being very annoying, toothache can signify more severe problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. Therefore, if your toothache has been bothering you for a long time and has been bothering you for several days, you should not ignore it.

Toothache is an uncomfortable feeling that can be felt since childhood when the first tooth erupts. In addition to this feeling of pain caused by teething, other causes can cause toothache during life, which is usually a common symptom of many oral and dental problems and must be taken seriously. 

As a result, all the causes that can lead to toothache should be investigated to apply proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,

Neurosurgeon

  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.

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Education:

  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993

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Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.

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Lectures:

  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.