If you’re struggling with tooth pain in London, we’re here to help.
Tooth pain, commonly known as toothache, can make life a misery. Whether you’re experiencing intermittent pain, or your discomfort has come on suddenly, our expert dental team will do everything possible to put a smile back on your face.
What causes tooth pain?
Tooth pain can occur for several different reasons, and the type of pain varies. Some people experience a sudden onset of throbbing pain, while others have pain that comes and goes. The most common causes of tooth pain include:
- Dental infections and abscesses
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Gum recession
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Loose or damaged fillings
- Trauma and injuries that affect the jaw joint or the teeth directly
If you have wisdom teeth that are pushing through, you may also find that you experience toothache. This usually occurs when there is a lack of space in the jaw for the third molars, which causes the tooth to push up against the neighbouring tooth and grow at an angle. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth.
In some cases, toothache can also be a side-effect of sinus inflammation.
What can be done for tooth pain?
The most important thing to do when you have tooth pain is to seek help from your dentist. When you have a dental appointment, your dentist will make identifying the cause of pain a priority. Using visual examinations and X-rays, your dentist will determine the cause, and then discuss treatment options with you. Treatment options for tooth pain in London include:
- Treating decay: if pain is linked to a cavity or more widespread decay, decayed tissue will be removed from the tooth and then the tooth will be filled to prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk of damage.
- Broken and chipped teeth: if a tooth is chipped, it is often possible to restore it using a technique known as composite bonding. This involves placing a small amount of dental composite, a tooth-coloured material, to the tooth to reshape and strengthen it. If the tooth is cracked, the best option may be to fit a new crown. Crowns are also known as caps, as they are placed over the top of the existing tooth structure.
- Broken and loose fillings: if a filling is loose or damaged, your dentist will remove the remnants and then place a new filling.
- Bacterial infections: if the tooth is infected, and the infection has reached the pulp tissue, the living part of the tooth, antibiotics may be recommended. It may also be advisable to carry out root canal treatment, which involves removing decayed pulp tissue from the root canals and then cleaning and sealing the tooth. A new crown may also be placed.
When to seek emergency help for tooth pain in London
Sometimes, dental pain comes and goes without causing too many problems, but we strongly recommend getting in touch with us in the following cases:
- You have pain that is getting worse
- You have developed pain following an accident or injury
- You have severe tooth pain that has come on suddenly
- You feel unwell and you have a high temperature, as well as suffering from toothache
- Your pain is not subsiding with painkillers
- You have been in pain for more than 24 hours
If you’re suffering from tooth pain in London, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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