We understand how concerning and unbearable toothaches can be. Give us a call and we will aim to see you on the day to get you out of immediate pain.
Toothaches are one of the main reasons our patients seek us for a solution, as it can limit their normal daily activities.
You may feel something as small as a ‘niggle’, to an intense pain that stops you from sleeping, eating and drinking. Because of this, painkillers are needed to manage the symptoms. This should be used until we can diagnose the problem and offer the most effective solution.
There may be several reasons for a toothache:
Decay starts when the enamel tooth surface is damaged and starts to weaken, and rot sets into the tooth. If this is diagnosed early enough, treatment is generally simple, quick and effective long term, and there is immediate pain relief.
Bacteria can migrate deep into and infect the nerve area if tooth decay is left untreated, or the tooth has been re-filled too many times. Because of the extensive damage, this nerve space requires a disinfection, known as ‘root canal treatment’ or ‘nerve treatment’. This requires treatment staged over a few visits. There is usually immediate pain relief.
Teeth can crack when there is more filling than tooth left, and this weakened tooth can break even when chewing softly. Cracks are also commonly seen if there is also a history of teeth clenching or grinding. Cracked teeth can present as sensitivity or pain when biting down. If the tooth hasn’t completely split, it may be reinforced with a porcelain crown to hold the tooth together. Pain relief is usually immediate.
These can be caused by various factors including:
- medical conditions
- deep levels of plaque and tartar bacteria
Infected gums can swell up to cause intense pain when chewing or brushing. Pain is relieved immediately by flushing out the infection with a gum irrigation.