Why toothache comes and goes?

Toothache is one of the most common reasons for visiting a dentist. However, it is also one of the most mysterious. As soon as you feel a toothache, questions arise in your mind: why does it come and go? Is it an dental emergency? What can I do to cure this problem? The answer to these questions will help you avoid unnecessary panic and get rid of the pain quickly.

Toothache comes and goes can be caused by different things.

Toothache comes and goes can be caused by different things. It can be a sign of tooth decay or infection, a cracked tooth, broken tooth or dental abscess.

Toothache can also be caused by trauma to the mouth such as biting your tongue or cheek while eating or talking. If you have recently had braces fitted then this may cause discomfort until the brace has settled into place properly.


1. Jaw pain.

Another cause of toothache is jaw pain. Jaw pain can be caused by a problem with your jaw joint, or TMJ. The muscles and joints in your jaw become irritated, causing them to be painful when you chew or open your mouth fully. This condition affects about 1 in 10 people at some point in their lives.

2. Sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities in your skull behind your cheeks and nose. Sinusitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies and pollutants; it can also occur without any apparent cause at all (like most things). The common symptoms of sinusitis include toothache, a swollen face and/or forehead, fever or chills–and sometimes all four! If you have these symptoms for more than two weeks then it’s time to see a doctor who will probably want you to take antibiotics before he considers other options like surgery or radiation therapy (which both sound pretty scary).

3. Dental abscess.

Dental abscesses are painful lumps that form around a tooth. They can develop when bacteria enter the pulp of your tooth and cause an infection, which then produces pus to help fight off an attack by the body’s immune system. The most common symptom of a dental abscess is pain in your jaw or teeth. Other symptoms include swelling in your gums, tenderness when you chew food, fever and chills (if there’s also an infection).

If you think you may have a dental abscess:

  • See your dentist as soon as possible to diagnose and treat your condition!

It’s important to know that you shouldn’t try to treat a dental abscess yourself. If you have severe pain or swelling in your gums, see your dentist immediately.

4. Dry socket after tooth extraction.

You may have heard the term “dry socket” before, but what exactly is it?

Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms around a removed tooth begins to dissolve. This causes pain and discomfort and can also lead to infection if left untreated.

What causes dry sockets?

There are many factors that can contribute to dry sockets: not chewing on the side of your mouth where you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed; not taking any prescribed painkillers after surgery; smoking cigarettes or cigars (smoking reduces saliva production); drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages (both dehydrate you).

5. Pericoronitis (inflammation of the gum around the crown of a tooth).

Pericoronitis is an infection of the gum tissue around a tooth. The pain is usually sharp and throbbing, and it can be worse when chewing or biting. You may also feel pain when you swallow food or drink hot liquids, which can make eating difficult.

Pericoronitis may be caused by:

  • Bristles from your toothbrush getting stuck in between your teeth (a common problem if you use an old-fashioned toothbrush)

  • Food trapped between two teeth that’s hard to brush away

6. Molar infraction syndrome (damage to the nerve in the jaw).

The nerve in your jaw can be damaged when your teeth are not properly positioned. If this happens, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible so that they can move your tooth back into place. You may also need to take painkillers and antibiotics for about two weeks until the infection goes away.

If you experience recurrent toothache, or if it is sometimes accompanied by fever or swollen face, seek medical help immediately as it may be an dental emergency!

If you are experiencing a severe toothache that does not go away after 48 hours of home care and over-the-counter pain medications (such as Advil), contact your dentist immediately.

Toothache comes and goes can be caused by different things. If you experience recurrent toothache, or if it is sometimes accompanied by fever or swollen face, seek medical help immediately as it may be an emergency!


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