- Toothache, which is the most common symptom. An infection or irritation of the tooth Reference pulp Opens New Window usually causes the pain.
- Bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth.
- White, gray, brown, or black spots on the teeth.
- Loose Reference fillings Opens New Window.
- A broken tooth or a tooth that is sensitive to pressure.
The pain may become worse when you:
- Eat sweets.
- Eat hot or cold foods or drink hot, cold, or acidic liquids, such as citrus drinks.
- Chew food or gum.
- Breathe in cold air.
- Brush your teeth.
Severe tooth decay may cause a pus-filled sac (Reference abscess Opens New Window) to form in the bone at the base of a tooth. Symptoms of abscess include:
- Swollen glands.
- A swollen jaw.
- Deep, throbbing pain.
For more information, see the topic Reference Abscessed Tooth.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry