AskDefine | Define toothache

Dictionary Definition

toothache n : an ache localized in or around a tooth [syn: odontalgia]

User Contributed Dictionary



From tooth + ache.


  • /ˈtuθˌe(ɪ)k/
  • /"tuT%e(I)k/


  1. A pain or ache in a tooth.


  • Finnish: hammassärky
  • German: Zahnschmerzen
  • Irish: tinneas fiacaile
  • Russian: зубная боль
  • Swedish: tandvärk

Extensive Definition

A toothache, also known as odontalgia or, less frequently, as odontalgy, is an aching pain in or around a tooth. In most cases toothaches are caused by problems in the tooth or jaw, such as cavities, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, infected dental pulp, jaw disease, or exposed tooth root. Causes of a toothache may also be a symptom of diseases of the heart, such as angina or a myocardial infarction, due to referred pain. After having one or more teeth extracted a condition known as dry socket can develop, leading to extreme pain. The severity of a toothache can range from a mild discomfort to excruciating pain, which can be experienced either chronically or sporadically. This pain can often be aggravated somewhat by chewing or by hot or cold temperatures. An oral examination complete with X-rays can help discover the cause. Severe pain may be considered a dental emergency.
Atypical odontalgia is a form of toothache present in apparently normal teeth. The pain, generally dull, often moves from one tooth to another for a period of 4 months to several years. This is most commonly reported by middle-aged women. The cause of atypical odontalgia is not yet clear.
toothache in Catalan: Odontàlgia
toothache in German: Zahnschmerzen
toothache in Indonesian: Sakit gigi
toothache in Hebrew: כאב שיניים
toothache in Quechua: Kiru nanay
toothache in Simple English: Toothache
toothache in Swedish: Tandvärk
toothache in Tajik: Дандондард
toothache in Chinese: 牙痛

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