Why do we have a toothache, and how can we relieve it?

Toothache, also called odontalgia, is one of the most common oral conditions, and many patients go to the dentist for this reason.

It is an affliction that can become very intense and even spread through the area of the ear and neck.

For the person suffering from it, it implies persistent pain, which intensifies at certain times and directly affects their day to day.

Many patients wonder what the best way to combat toothache is.

Therefore, it is important to know the causes that cause odontalgia, as well as the treatments to combat it.

What causes toothache?

There are different causes told by Buderim dentists that cause affliction in the molars.


The pain of the dental pieces, in general, is associated, in the great majority of occasions, to the presence of caries.

Usually, due to poor oral hygiene, plaque builds up in the teeth creating tooth decay.

If it is not treated in time, it will lead to a dental abscess and damage the pulp.

In this way, the nerve is exposed to external agents and bacteria in the oral cavity, resulting in acute pain.

Existence of a periodontal disease

It is possible that the affliction does not originate in the molar itself, but the periodontal tissue.

Periodontal diseases severely damage the gums, causing pain and inflammation.

The most common symptom of these pathologies is the continuous bleeding of the gums, but also bad breath and pain of the tooth.

In cases of advanced periodontitis, the consequences are greater: dental mobility can arise and even cause tooth loss.

Dental trauma

Trauma caused by a heavy blow will cause pain in the area of impact.

Depending on the severity of the accident, the tooth may present some cracking or breakage.  

After an impact, it is advisable to go to a dentist to check the condition of the tooth, as it may have affected the nerve.

Tooth retained

We speak of a tooth retained or impacted when it has not emerged in the usual period.

These teeth are, therefore, inside the maxillary bone and tend to push the rest, especially in the case of the wisdom teeth included.

Remedies to relieve toothache

The first option is to momentarily alleviate the pain by taking medications with analgesic or anti-inflammatory effects.

Also, we can resort to several home remedies that can help undermine pain promptly:

Avoid the intake of drinks and foods that are very cold or hot, as well as foods high in sugars.

Apply cold on the outside of the affected area, but without exerting too much force on the affected area.

Rinse with warm water and salt.

Contrary to what it may seem, performing certain practices are counterproductive to end the toothache.

For example, it is not advisable to apply directly to the analgesic tissue or gargle with hydrogen peroxide, since they can make our diagnosis worse.

Should I go to the Buderim dentist if my tooth hurts?

If the pain persists more than one or two days, we have a fever or the pain radiates to another area of the body such as the ear or the head, we must see Buderim dentist.

Our specialist will assess the cause of the discomfort and will guide the most appropriate treatment.

If the presence of caries determines the affliction, it will be enough to eliminate the carious surface with a filling.

In cases of deep caries that have damaged the pulp tissue, a root canal will be necessary, which consists of the removal of the same and subsequent sealing of the duct.

For more information, contact

Your local Sunshine Coast Dentist in Buderim.


 6/83 MILL RD, BUDERIM-4556

PH: 07 5445 6577

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