Emergency Dentistry

Toothache

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Toothache

Painful toothache spoiling your day? Lillybrook Dental is your emergency dentist who can help with toothaches
What is a toothache?
Toothache is any sharp or severe pain in and around a tooth. Without correct diagnosis and timely treatment, the potential exists for the toothache to get worse. Your best next step is to contact an emergency dentist to have your specific situation diagnosed and treated.
What causes toothache?

Of the many causes of toothache, the most common is decay from acid producing bacteria in the mouth caused by sugars that corrode tooth enamel. Pain occurs as decay exposes tooth nerve endings. Decay continues until treated, the pain intensifying when infection sets in the surrounding tissues. The tooth does not mend itself.

Other causes may be from gum disease, cracked teeth and worn teeth. Lack of saliva and hereditary factors can also contribute to tooth decay.

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How to prevent toothache

Having a toothache is a big incentive to prevent them recurring, so it pays to know how to a thing or two about good oral health practices.

We encourage our patients to take a preventive approach, and while it may not sound high-tech, the basics of good oral hygiene really do work.

Twice daily brushing and daily flossing are essential. Fluoride in water and toothpaste can help too, but ultimately if you want to prevent a toothache, the very best thing you can do is commit to looking after your teeth for life. Short term protection can be found in mouthwash, which lowers the bacteria in saliva. Stimulating saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum can also help. 

Regular visits to your dentist for a preventive care dental check and clean are another key to preventing a toothache.

Have a toothache right now? Here’s how to get relief from a toothache

Paracetamol may bring pain relief until you can see a dentist. However, for your own wellbeing you should seek an immediate dental appointment with the Lillybrook Dental team if you are experiencing any or all of the following symptoms:
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  • Obvious inflammation, abscess or fever
  • Generally feel unwell
  • A swollen jaw or face
  • Injury caused by trauma such as a blow to the mouth
Our approach to treating your toothache is two-pronged. We will help relieve you of acute pain, however, we will also investigate the cause of the toothache. That way we can support you to take steps to better oral health. Toothache? Let the Lillybrook Dental team help.

Any invasive or surgical procedure has risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results can vary.

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