Experiencing a Toothache?
No one enjoys a toothache, yet many people often leave them untreated until the pain becomes unbearable to endure. You should consider a toothache as your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong. Seeking attention will provide immediate relief from the pain but also prevent far more major and painful dental problems in the future.
Your dentist will be able to find out why you are experiencing a toothache during a thorough oral exam, but here are some of the reasons why you may be suffering:
- Infection – If bacteria are able to penetrate your teeth, then you may be at risk of developing an abscess in your tooth. This will cause inflammation as well as irritating the nerves inside your teeth, causing considerable pain.
- Tooth decay – Tooth decay is the most common reason why a toothache may develop. Even with good oral hygiene, it can sometimes be difficult to stop harmful bacteria from causing your teeth to decay. If that decay reaches the pulp, then your tooth will become very painful.
- Gum disease – Another common cause of a toothache is from gum disease. As the gum recedes, it can expose your teeth, which allows bacteria to attack. If your gums are inflamed, then they may also cause your teeth to ache due to increased pressure from the inflammation. Fortunately, early intervention can greatly reduce the risk of gum disease; sometimes, all it needs is a deep cleaning at the dentist.
- Wisdom teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth are a well-known source of toothache. If your wisdom teeth erupt late, they can become angled due to lack of space in the mouth and painful. Please look at our page on Wisdom Tooth Removal if you wish to know more about your wisdom teeth.
- Tooth trauma – A hard hit to your mouth or teeth can also be a cause of toothache. Fortunately, we can quickly remedy your tooth trauma if you immediately seek assistance with your dentist.
- Bruxism – Otherwise known as “grinding your teeth,” can be an unlikely source of toothache. If you suffer from aches and pains in your teeth or jaw, then it may be because you are unwittingly clenching your teeth to tightly. Fortunately, most forms of Bruxism can be helped by wearing a small, specialised retainer while you sleep.
The obvious symptom of a toothache is pain; however, there may be some more subtle symptoms that you should be aware of.
- A foul taste in your mouth
- Pain when you bite
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Swelling around the tooth area
- Sensitivity when you eat and drink hot or cold foods.
It is important to be aware of these symptoms since if they are not already causing you pain, they may do in the very near future if not looked at. For example, swelling around the tooth may be an indication of an abscess forming. While it may not be painful immediately, leaving it until it is may mean the difference between saving your tooth or having to extract it.
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The best way to prevent toothaches is with a mixture of good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of toothache:
- Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks consumed.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste and brush twice a day.
- Don’t forget the floss!
- Avoid or reduce smoking – smoking always worsens dental problems.
- Try to maintain your dental check-up and cleans.
Your dentist will be able to tell you how long to leave between check-ups, and it will often depend on the level of your oral hygiene. On average, it is recommended that a patient should visit their dentist every six months for a check-up.
When Should You See A dentist
A toothache that has persisted for more than one day should be considered an emergency, and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. At Platinum Dental, we provide emergency slots every day to allow people who are in pain, to see us so that we can immediately alleviate their discomfort.
If you hold off from seeing your dentist, then not only will the problem become more painful, but it will also probably become more expensive to deal with. For example, an untreated toothache could lead to an abscess, which could lead to requiring root canal treatment and maybe even the loss of your tooth. If the toothache was seen immediately, it might have only required a small prescription of antibiotics.
If you have a toothache or any symptoms that worry you, then please call Platinum Dental today on 02 4981 1755, and we will immediately ease your pain.