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Severe Tooth Ache: Symptoms part II

part I – part II – part III

Symptoms of a severe tooth ache in detail: What do the symptoms mean?
If you have a severe tooth ache, you may have many of the symptoms outlined in part I.  In this section, we will discuss briefly what the different symptoms of a severe tooth ache mean.
Heat sensitivity
If you have a severe tooth ache that involves heat sensitivity, you probably have inflammation in the nerve chamber of your tooth.  Anytime you have inflammation in the nerve chamber of your tooth, heat will cause an increase of pressure on the nerve tissue leading to pronounced pain.  Some dental problems that can cause inflammation in the nerve chamber of your tooth include an abscess, trauma, cracked tooth syndrome, and a bad bite.

Cold sensitivity
Cold sensitivity is usually related to exposed dentin (the underlying layer of tooth below the enamel and on the root).  The dentin is full of microscopic channels that lead to the nerve chamber.  If they are exposed, cold things like ice water, ice cream and even breathing in cold air can irritate the nerve of your tooth.  Some of the common causes of dentin exposure are a broken tooth, gum recession, brushing too hard with a tooth brush, exposure to acidic substances like energy drinks.

Throbbing is also caused by inflammation inside the tooth.  When there is inflammation inside a tooth, blood vessels and capillaries are expanded allowing more blood to flow into the tooth.  Every time your heart beats, blood is pumped through your entire body via blood vessels and capillaries.  If more blood is able to access the inner part of the tooth due to inflammation, every time your heart beats you will feel a pulse or throb in your tooth. Some of the common causes of throbbing are a tooth infection, trauma like a broken tooth, gum infection and facial injuries.

Radiating pain
If you have a severe tooth ache with pain that seems to radiate through your jaw bone or into your head and neck, you may be experiencing referred pain.  Because all your upper teeth and lower teeth are connected by a larger nerve branch with smaller branches that extend to individual teeth, pain from one tooth can radiate to other teeth even if they are not the cause of the pain.  Sometimes people experience pain in their upper teeth when they have a lower tooth infection.  Radiating pain is commonly associated with an abscessed tooth, impacted tooth, nerve trauma or tmj.  next page: part III
Severe Tooth Ache Symptoms part I
Severe Tooth Ache Symptoms part II
Severe Tooth Ache Symptoms part III
Cold Sensitive Teeth
Dental Pain Relief

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