Toothache is a very common problem, which most people experience at least once in their lifetime. Toothache can be mild, moderate and severe; severe toothache can be very painful indeed and it is best to seek urgent dental treatment.
There are several possible causes of toothache; almost all cases are associated with decay or cavities (holes in the teeth). Decay is caused by plaque, which is a sticky substance made of bacteria and food debris. Plaque clings to the tooth enamel and gum line and the bacteria in plaque produce harmful plaque acids, which attack the enamel, causing erosion, when you eat. Once the tooth enamel has been penetrated, cavities can form and this can cause the infection to spread to the pulp, the living tissue of the tooth. Once the pulp is infected, the tooth effectively starts to die; when the pulp is inflamed, known as pulpitis, this commonly causes toothache.
Other causes of toothache include abscesses, which are often extremely painful, wisdom teeth erupting through the gums and ulcers in the mouth.
If you have mild toothache, taking over the counter pain relief will help to ease your pain. If you have severe toothache, it is best to see your dentist as quickly as possible; Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing offers on the day emergency appointments.
Toothache is usually a sign that something is not quite right in the mouth and it is best to see your dentist, even if the pain is mild and it subsides once you take painkillers. Often, the longer you leave toothache, the worse the problem gets and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Treatment for toothache may include having a filling and removing the decayed tissue from the tooth, replacing a filling that is damaged or loose or having root canal treatment; this may be required if the pulp is infected. If you have a dental abscess, this may be drained and treated using antibiotics. Painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to relieve pain.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
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