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Toothache or Dental Pain

toothache-or-dental-pain-cheltenham A toothache or dental pain is caused when the nerve in the root of a tooth or a nerve near a tooth is irritated.

Causes of Toothache

Tooth Decay

If the pain lasts for more than a day, decay is likely the main cause.

A yellow-brown defect in the surface may be seen.

The most affected site is the surface of one of the molars. The pain is dull.

Dental Abscess

If the pain is serious and persistent, the decay may have become an abscess. That means a pus pocket has formed inside the tooth root.

Tapping on the tooth causes increased pain. If not treated, the abscess will run through the bone. A “gum boil” will be seen below the gumline. See a dentist for a root canal treatment.

Cracked Enamel

Accidentally biting on a hard object can crack a tooth. The tooth becomes very sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. The tooth may look normal. The fracture line may be below the gumline or just hard to see.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis is a medical term for irritated gums. They are red and tender. If brushing and flossing are ignored or not practised properly, the gums may even bleed, and it can be very painful.

Stuck Food

Hard food may become lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing techniques will remove the food and stop the pain.

Signs and Symptoms of a Toothache

Signs and symptoms that can indicate a tooth problem are:

  • pain while biting or chewing,
  • teeth hypersensitivity to extreme temperatures,
  • cheek or gums swelling near the tooth,
  • discharge or bleeding of gums,
  • constant throbbing inside a tooth.

A toothache can present as a dull or sharp pain that may occur spontaneously on its own or when triggered.

Additional symptoms may include:

  • headache,
  • neck pain,
  • earache,
  • fever,
  • bad taste or odour in the mouth.

Toothache Remedies

Meanwhile, there are some steps that you can take to relieve toothaches until you make it to your dentist’s office.

  • Floss carefully to remove any food particles stuck between the teeth or along the gumline that could be causing pain. If your child is suffering from a toothache, help him/her do a thorough flossing job.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with lukewarm saltwater, then spit it out. This may flush out food debris that could be causing toothache.
  • Try over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Apply an over-the-counter topical pain reliever with benzocaine, directly to the affected area. But do not put aspirin or other painkillers directly on your gum tissue or in your tooth—it will burn.

Toothache Prevention

Since most toothaches are caused by tooth decay, these good oral hygiene practices can prevent toothaches:

  • Brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Seeing your Cheltenham dentist once every six months for a check-up

In addition to these practices, eat foods low in sugar and ask your dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments.

Toothache Management in Cheltenham

At Captivate Dental, we want to make sure you get the appropriate and immediate care you need, especially when you have a toothache. In cases of toothache, see your Cheltenham dentist as soon as possible.

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM.

Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Cheltenham

For more information on toothache management in Cheltenham, call us on (03) 9553 1249. Visit us on the web, or use our convenient online booking page.

We are located at 36 Chesterville Road in Cheltenham.

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