Toothaches can be painful, but are they always serious? The answer is no, and not every toothache should be treated as a more serious problem. Of course keeping an eye on the problem is very very important, but the issue is that people hold off and don’t do anything until it is too late and the damage is already done. Read on to find out more about toothaches and what to do if you have one.
Signs to look out for
Toothaches can certainly be a sign of something more serious, particularly when there is persistent or extreme pain in the teeth, gums or mouth. You may also experience things like headaches and fevers as a result. All these things should be monitored closely and if they persist for more than a few days, it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately. Your dentist or medical professional will quickly be able to identify more serious problems and steer you in the right direction
Soothing the pain
Generally with toothaches there will be some form of inflammation and a way to sooth this is by applying ice to the affected area to reduce the swelling. You can also take anti-inflammatories in order to control any pain, fever or swelling.
Types of toothaches
There are several different types of toothaches and they can all have potentially different means, some examples are:
- Pain whilst eating – this can indicate a crack in the teeth or a decayed tooth
- Sharp pain or strong sensitivity – this may indicate recession of the gums, cavities or wearing of the protective enamel on the teeth.
- Throbbing pain – intense or throbbing pain could be a sign of an infection or an abscess. This is usually accompanied by swelling in the face, mouth or gums.
- Chronic toothache – nerve damage is a potential cause of chronic toothache, and this is usually caused by grinding, trauma to the teeth or the later stages of tooth decay.
The old adage that is “better to be safe than sorry” rings true and you should visit your dentist if you are unsure. It is much better to lose a few dollars, than losing your teeth!
About the dentist
Keppel Advanced Dentistry is a Sutton dentist with a difference, they aim to provide a high class service, starting from the moment you walk in and right up until the moment you walk out the door.
I Cedar Rd