Toothaches can be caused by various factors. Dull pain can be quite irritating and interfere with your daily routine, while a severe pain can stop you from doing anything. If a toothache becomes chronic, it can make you bedridden. Toothaches should not be neglected, instead you should book an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Dental pain can range from mild to severe, from lingering to constant. Exposure to hot and cold food and drinks can impact the severity of the pain.
Causes of Toothaches
Toothaches, as mentioned earlier, can be caused due to several factors. Some of the common reasons are:
- Tooth Decay: The typical reason that tooth decay causes toothache is when there is an abscess inside the tooth due to the bacteria reaching the roots of the tooth. At times the bacteria can reach the bone and start decaying it too, causing immense pain.
- Fractured Tooth or Filling: Due to bacteria, trauma or when a filling gets removed and the nerve of the tooth gets exposed. This can cause an abscess, from which a toothache can occur. The dentist performs root canal treatment in such cases.
- Gum Disease: Often, when gum diseases are left untreated periodontitis develops. Any gum disease can cause toothache but periodontitis (in which the decay starts eating the bone) can cause excruciating pain.
- Wisdom Teeth: Often an impacted tooth, mainly a wisdom tooth, gets trapped between the bones and the gums when it does not have enough space to grow. In such cases, it collects food particles and debris, causing the growth of bacteria, which leads to infection and eventually severe pain.
To avoid dental pain, it is vital that you get regular check ups of your teeth and gums, and also maintain your oral hygiene. If however you have a toothache, there are certain procedures that a dentist can perform to help you with the pain.
Treatments for Toothache
There are several dental treatment plans that we can recommend to alleviate the toothache. We offer the treatment after conducting an initial examination and x-ray of the tooth/teeth that is causing the pain.
- Tooth Extraction: When the tooth is infected by bacteria, and it is impossible to clean it, the tooth is removed, known as tooth extraction. We can conduct the procedure as painless dentistry.
Generally, tooth extraction can lead to misalignment for which the dentist may recommend restoration procedure for the empty space.
- Fillings: If a cavity is the cause for your toothache, and we can help your tooth by removing the cavity, we do that instead of opting for tooth extraction. After cleaning the tooth, we fill the grooves and the pits, so that food debris does not get lodged again there. This will reduce the chances of future formation of cavities.
- Wisdom Tooth Removal: When the wisdom tooth gets impacted, we remove the tooth with the help of painless dentistry.
- Periodontal Treatment: When we determine that the cause of your toothache is due to periodontal disease, then we conduct different periodontal treatments. The type of treatment is determined by the severity of the disease. Periodontal treatment can range from gum cleaning to deep cleaning with a laser.
- Root Canal Treatment: When bacteria attacks the root of the tooth, and it has not yet destroyed the bone and the gums, we may try to save the tooth by performing a root canal procedure. The procedure removes the dead and infected nerves and pus, then the area is disinfected and the space is filled so that the teeth are protected from bacteria.
If you are experiencing toothache, you can follow these steps provided you do not suffer from any medical allergies or conditions:
- Immediately contact us or any other emergency dentist near you
- Take the recommended dosage of a pain relief medication (such as Neurofen, Ibuprofen or Advil)
- Give 3 hours for the medicine to act
- Next, take 2 Paracetamol or Panadol
- Let the medicine act, for which you need to wait for 3 hours
- Until you see the emergency dentist, repeat the procedure from Step 2.
To get relief from your toothache, contact Chats Dental now, we can relieve your pain with the appropriate treatment.