Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)
Toothaches have often been described as constant, sharp, throbbing pains in the teeth and jaws. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered a severe toothache, you would know that it can be an extreme, debilitating pain that lasts for hours, keeps you up at night, and might not respond to over-the-counter pain medication. In a large number of patients, these severe pains are due to the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues inside the teeth being inflamed. These tissues are known as the dental pulp, and an inflammation of the dental pulp is known as pulpitis.