What causes toothache?
Toothache can be caused by all sorts of things, from sensitivity and decay, to an injury or a dental abscess. Often, mild pain comes and goes without really troubling you, but in some cases, pain can be very intense and it’s important to seek help. If you’re getting pain on a regular basis, you have pain that is getting worse or you suddenly experience very severe pain, it’s advisable to call your dentist and arrange an appointment as soon as you can.
Often, toothache is symptomatic of an injury or an underlying dental problem that requires treatment.
Dealing with toothache
When patients come and see us with toothache, we aim to get to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible and determine the cause. We can then set about finding the best treatment. Treatment options may include a filling, inlay, onlay or crown, root canal treatment, dental hygiene treatments, tooth extraction and treatment for a dental abscess, which involves draining and removing the abscess. We will explain what the problem is and discuss treatment options with you, and we will endeavour to get you fighting fit as soon as possible.
Many of the problems associated with toothache are preventable. Here are some simple tips for reducing your risk of tooth pain:
- keep up to date with dental check-ups
- keep an eye on your diet and avoid eating too much sugar
- maintain a good daily oral hygiene programme at home
- always wear a mouth guard when playing sports that carry a risk of dental injury
- always wear a seat belt
- see your dentist if you experience toothache or you develop increased sensitivity
- take care when eating hard foods and avoid using your teeth to bite or cut things, such as clothing labels or opening bottle tops