A toothache refers to pain in or around your tooth. Mild toothaches can occur from a temporary gum irritation that you can treat at home, or they can be resolved by themselves. For example, a corn hulk which was stuck inside your gum, might come out by itself when you brush around your tooth, or during flossing. Please note that we don’t generally recommend it that you live with a mildly or manageable pain in your mouth, it is always a good idea to see a dentist if you have any degrees of tooth pain.
Toothache is different to tooth sensitivity, which is a sharp, short, transient, and temporary or occasional sensation of a very low-grade pain in your tooth/teeth. Generally, the intensity and duration of pain caused by tooth/teeth sensitivity is very low. Some patients might report it as a burning sensation when they eat or drink ice cream or sour food and drinks.
Tooth pain might also be because of inflammation or due to an infection. More severe toothaches caused by cavities, infection or other dental conditions that won’t get better on their own. If you have a severe toothache, you’ll need immediate professional dental care.
Endodontists work closely alongside with your dentists to relieve dental pain, both inflammatory and infected related, which will give you the best chance to preserve your natural tooth. Endodontists are skilled in saving teeth — even severely damaged or decayed teeth.
Unbearable tooth pain along with fever and chills means you’re having a dental emergency. Call a dentist or go to your nearest emergency room right away. Though it’s rare, infection in your mouth can spread to other areas of your body, including your eye, brain and even into your bloodstream.