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Tooth Decay

Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that’s usually caused by tooth decay.

Toothache occurs when the innermost layer of the tooth (dental pulp) becomes inflamed. The pulp is made up of sensitive nerves and blood vessels.

Dental pulp can become inflamed as a result of:

  • tooth decay – this leads to holes (cavities) forming in the hard surface of the tooth
  • A cracked tooth – the crack is often so small that it can’t be seen with the naked eye
  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Receding gums – where the gums shrink (contract) to expose softer, more sensitive parts of the tooth root
  • Periapical abscess – a collection of pus at the end of the tooth caused by a bacterial infection

It can turn into a dental abcess.

An abscessed tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth. If you have severe swelling of your gums or cheek, it is important to contact us immediately.

If left untreated the infection may spread to your jaw and to other areas of your head and neck causing Cellulitus.

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