The cause of a toothache may not originate from the oral cavity (the teeth or the jaw). It is estimated that over 100 diseases may be detected within the oral cavity that have an direct influence throughout the body. The symptoms of pain around the teeth and the jaw may be related to inner ear infection, angina, or heart attack. It is important for you to understand that an evaluation by the dentist and a general doctor may be necessary to diagnose and treat medical illnesses that are causing a toothache.
A toothache, or pain around the teeth and gums, can be caused by a cracked or broken tooth, an exposed tooth root, gum disease, or a cavity.
Try to clean your teeth by flossing first and rinse with warm salt water. If the pain persists, see you dentist.
Pulpal inflammation is present when pain occurs with hot cold or sweet stimuli.
The complication may be a periapical abscess. Your dentist will advise you on your treatment options.