What causes toothache?
A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:
- Tooth decay
- Abscessed tooth (a bacterial infection inside the center of the tooth)
- Tooth fracture
- A damaged filling
- Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth or clenching.
- Infected gums
- Eruption or removal of a tooth (for example, wisdom teeth)
What are symptoms of toothache?
- Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever or headache
- Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth
- A bad odor from the mouth