Toothache usually refers to pain around the teeth or jaws. It is commonly caused by a dental condition such as a cracked or broken tooth, dental decay, an exposed nerve or gum disease. Toothache can also be a symptom of tempro-mandibular joint pain. In some cases, toothache may be caused by a problem not originating from a tooth or the jaw. Infection around the ears and sinuses may also cause toothache. Pain around the teeth or the jaw can also be symptomatic of an acute cardiac condition such as angina or heart attack. It is very important therefore that you do not delay in having your toothache diagnosed and managed quickly.
Toothache can vary in severity from mild and throbbing to sharp and excruciating. The pain may be aggravated by chewing or biting or by hot or cold food or drinks. A thorough oral examination, including dental X-Rays is necessary to diagnose the cause of your pain.