Pain from a toothache is a powerful motivator to get to the dentist and is a common problem that we deal with daily. Toothaches can be caused by a traumatic event such as an accident, dental decay, or infection. People describe this type of pain as intense, throbbing and lasting minutes to hours. It may or may not go away with the use of pain killers. There may be signs of infection such as elevated temperature, swelling, and pus. Another type of pain is a sharp pain that goes away quickly. It may be brought on by biting something hard, touching the root of the tooth, hot or cold liquids, or sweets. These types of problems are dealt with differently than the pain from trauma, decay or infection.