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When we chew food, we usually don't notice anything. But suddenly it hits us: we sip an ice-cold cola and the pain runs through our teeth and jaws; we bite hard bread and it hurts.
Sometimes the pain increases during the day, often it just stops. Cold, sugar, acid, i.e. ice cream, chocolate or juice trigger the pain - or it is enough to breathe cool air.
Pain has reasons
We should take toothache seriously. Healthy teeth do not hurt when enjoying cold, sour or sweet foods.
Why does it suddenly hurt?
The toothache when chewing can have many causes: tooth decay, an exposed tooth neck, inflammation of the tooth root, but also a tooth fracture, i.e. a crack after we bite something hard.
If it hurts while we chew and put pressure on our teeth, the usual suspect is an infection. This hurts less or not at all if it remains untouched - however, pressure on the infected tissue is painful.
Pain when chewing can also be due to overload. When we grind our teeth, grit our teeth, or grind our teeth, we put pressure on our teeth and chewing muscles, and at some point it takes revenge as throbbing toothache. Dentists also warn: A lot of pressure when brushing your teeth is extremely damaging.
After visiting the dentist, pain when the anesthesia subsides is completely normal. Every operation hurts and leaves wounds - that cannot be avoided. If, however, pain occurs during chewing in the days after the operation, this is a sign that a bridge, filling or prosthesis does not fit: it is too small, too large, too low or too high.
It may also be that a filling is sitting over a supposedly healed infection site and the pain is now throbbing under the freshly treated tooth. This shows that the inflammation has not yet healed. The filling now presses on the affected area and the dentist has to remove it until everything is completely healed.
The pain of chewing after surgery is less throbbing than pulling. It is particularly painful to chew hard. This pain persists for a while after chewing and then disappears.
After filling, the tooth is initially sensitive to hot and cold. This is no reason to worry: the tooth nerve is necessarily irritated by the dental treatment and hypersensitive.
If everything goes well, this pain will be gone a few hours to days after the treatment. If the pain persists, you should definitely contact the doctor: the filling has probably not nestled into the tooth and the doctors have to replace it.
Not all sudden toothache has its origin in the teeth. Our teeth are complex structures and connected to the nervous system of the body. Therefore, inflammation elsewhere in the body can show up as a transmitted pain in the nerve endings of the teeth.
Classics are headaches, sinus infections or chest pain.
What to do?
There are many home remedies. Scots swear by whiskey, Russians swear by vodka to numb the pain. In moderation and dripped onto the acute area, alcohol does help, but we should be very careful with it.
For example, if we have appointments or need to go to the dentist immediately, we shouldn't be hopelessly drunk, especially since alcohol is incompatible with many medications.
Under no circumstances should we take aspirin (ASA) for the pain. ASA inhibits blood clotting, and if we have to go to the dentist, it can have serious consequences. Because the wounds in the dental treatment heal so much worse, in larger operations, blood loss brings serious problems. Instead of ASA, we should use paracetamol.
Do home remedies work for toothache?
If no medication is on hand, help Home remedies for toothache contain the pain, but not to fix its cause.
Carnations are known to numb the pain; in the pharmacy we get clove oil - without a prescription. If things have to go quickly, dried cloves from the supermarket's spice counter can also help. We can put them in our mouths, rest them in a cheek pouch, pull the saliva through them and move our tongues in the direction of the pain.
At the dentist
The dentist looks first where the pain originates. If it is caries, i.e. the waste of bacteria, then the doctors remove them with the drill. This creates a hole in which a filling comes.
In the case of a fine crack, however, root canal treatment is the order of the day. Red swollen gums indicate inflammation. Doctors are now cleaning the gum pockets and using medication. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)