Tooth Ache

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Tooth ache is typically defined by a pain in or around the teeth. The pain may vary in sensation, some would describe it as dull where other might experience a sharp sensation. The toothache may be triggered when eating, drinking, or touching the area.

What causes tooth ache?

Tooth ache can be the symptom of multiple conditions, which is why it’s very important you call your dentist and make an appointment if the pain is persistent and lasts more than 2 days. Letting any underlying causes persist can lead to more complications with the health of your teeth which can be avoided.

  • An abscess.
  • A broken, ill-fitting or lose filling.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Gum disease
  • Teeth grinding

How to prevent tooth ache?

Tooth ache can be avoided if you maintain your oral health. You can do this by flossing once a day at least, this will make sure no food is trapped to rot between the teeth. You will need to brush your teeth twice a day for no less than two minutes, and when spitting out the toothpaste, do not rinse.

Attending routine check-ups with your dentist will allow any problem areas to be identified before progressing into anything that may cause tooth ache. If you are struggling to properly clean the harder to reach areas, you can book in with a hygienist who will clean the teeth and then provide advice for you to care for your teeth.

How to treat tooth ache?

Tooth ache has a variety or treatment which correspond to the cause of the pain, here are some of the treatments the dentist is likely to recommend:

  • Abscesses – will be drained by the dentist, and if needed the tooth affected may need a root canal or extraction of the tooth.
  • A broken, lose or ill-fitting filling – If the filling still remains, the dentist will remove it and replace it with a new filling after cleaning the tooth.
  • Decay – Typically treated with a filling, however, if the soft tissue is damaged a root canal may be needed.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – Your dentist may suggest removal depending on if there is risk or already and existing infection.
  • Braces – You will need to attend a check-up with your orthodontist to discuss the area of pain to discuss if the appropriate course of action is to re-adjust the braces. Taking the advised dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease any discomfort.
  • Gum disease – A hygienist may clean own the area; some may require a scaling and root planning.
  • Teeth grinding – A mouth splint or guar for in the night.

Symptoms of tooth ache?

Tooth ache may feel like a throbbing, aching or sharp pain of the tooth. The pain may come and go or it could be persistent. Sometimes toothache can cause other symptoms such as a temperature, swelling of the face or jaw, or a bad taste within the mouth.

If the pain does not subside after two days and pain killers are not effective, you should contact your dentist as there may be an underlying cause which needs treatment.


Where are we?

Just a short-walk from the nearest tube and DLR stops, German Dental is conveniently situated in the City of London, opening Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm for appointments.


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