5 Signs a Toothache is Serious


Toothaches are relatively normal and people will experience them at some point in their lives, it is important to understand that not all toothaches are going to result in your tooth being removed, but it is crucial that you understand the warning signs, so that you know when to seek help from your dental professional.

Ongoing pain

When a toothache lasts for an extended period of time, it may be cause for concern. Anything more than a few days should be treated more seriously and it is a good idea to see your dentist or doctor to see if there are any issues. Ongoing pain is typically the sign of cavities or other problems, such as gum disease.

High level of pain

It is important to realise that mild toothaches happen to people all the time, but don’t necessarily mean something serious. When there is a high level of pain it is important to monitor this and seek help if it lasting for an extended period of time, you may even decide to visit a health professional to ensure that it is not the sign of a more serious problem with your teeth.


Sensitivity is something that many people experience at some point in their lives, but you should be cautious of extreme sensitivity in particular teeth or in the surrounding area, especially when consuming hot, cold, sweet and sour foods and drinks. This could be a sign of a cavity or something more serious in your teeth and if the sensitivity is overwhelming it is a good idea to see your dentist anyway to see if there are any problems (you may have simply developed sensitivity!).

Other symptoms

Other symptoms such as fevers or headaches can be a sign of a more serious toothache and may indicate some form of infection caused by the offending tooth. It is therefore important to keep track of these signs and seek help when necessary, especially because a lot of other conditions like sinusitis have very similar other symptoms and you may believe that it is actually something else that is affecting you.

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