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Painful Tooth Overview

Another name for Painful Tooth is Dental Pain.

What is dental pain?
Dental pain refers to discomfort in, or near, a tooth. The origin of the discomfort may be in the bone that holds a tooth, or the gum that surrounds a tooth. The most common causes of dental pain are dental caries, dental injuries and dental abscess.

What are the symptoms of dental pain?
Symptoms that occur with dental pain include drainage from the gums, pus where the tooth meets the gum, red or swollen gums, rotting teeth, bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, facial pain, facial swelling, and fever.

How does the doctor treat dental pain?
The treatment of dental pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for dental pain may include antiseptic mouthwash, tooth repair, dental fillings, root canal, antibiotics, dental extraction, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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