The issue of throbbing teeth has mystified experts for thousands of years. Even the Greek philosopher Aristotle had his own theories on what causes this to happen. He believed that the pain may be linked to changes in how the heart functions. However, recent studies show that the throbbing sensation is more connected to the brain’s alpha waves. Today, experts continue to study and find more about the causes and best remedies for throbbing pain in the tooth. What is that throbbing pain in the tooth that comes and goes?
If you have a throbbing pain in the tooth that comes and goes, here are some of the possible causes and what you can do about it.
What causes the throbbing pain
Pain is the body’s way of telling the person that there is something wrong. By listening to these internal signals, you will hopefully avoid any further harm. For instance, when your hand touches something hot, the pain stimulates specific receptors in your hand. Chemicals carry the message to your brain. The brain then sends a reply to let your hand know that the sensation is not good and that you should take your hand away from the heat source.
The same goes for the throbbing pain in your tooth. Not all tooth problems come with throbbing pain. Throbbing indicates inflammation inside or near your tooth. It could be caused by these factors:
- Infection inside the tooth’s pulp
- Infection around the gums
- Infected sinuses
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Worn down fillings or broken crowns
If you’re experiencing any of these factors please contact our office.
How to relieve the pain
For some people, the throbbing worsens during the evening. One reason may be because, during the day, there are possible distractions for the pain. Some of the more common ways of relieving the pain include:
- Gargling with salt water
- Placing ice over the infected area
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Sleeping with your head elevated to reduce the blood flow to your head
- Continuing to brush and floss to remove any food particles in your mouth
- Pressing a warm tea bag against the throbbing tooth
In order to get permanent relief, you need to find the source of the problem. If the throbbing continues to occur for more than a few hours or occurs frequently, schedule a visit to the dentist. One of our Laurich Dentists will ask you a number of questions and run a series of diagnostic tests to see what is causing the throbbing pain and to determine the best way to manage it.