Toothache refers to pain that occurs around the teeth and jaws. Toothache pain can be caused by a variety of issues.

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One can experience pain from the surrounding gums or soft tissues.

About This Condition

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Toothache pain can range from mild to severe and can be felt in many ways, from a short sharp pain to a prolonged throbbing dull ache. Not only can toothache cause excruciating pain, but it can also lead to facial swelling as well as can be accompanied by flu-like symptoms if left untreated.

It can become worse when eating or drinking, especially if the food or drink is particularly hot or cold. Regular check-ups can be a great way to prevent a toothache from occurring in the first place.

There can be various causes for toothache, such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or damaged teeth or filling
  • Teeth that are actively being moved during orthodontic treatment
  • Partially erupted teeth – that are covered by inflamed gum
  • A dental abscess

There are some steps you could take while you are waiting for your appointment, to try and ease the discomfort, such as:

  • Taking painkillers like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol – you can get advice from your local pharmacist
  • Using saltwater to rinse your mouth – although this is not advised for children
  • Applying a pain-relieving mouth gel to the affected area – can be purchased from pharmacies or supermarkets
  • Consuming softer foods, like scrambled eggs or yoghurt
  • Avoiding eating on the painful tooth
  • Avoiding foods that are particularly hot or cold
  • Using wax on your orthodontic brace if it’s rubbing on the gum, lips or cheeks
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Toothache Treatment

An examination from your dentist will be able to diagnose the reason for your toothache or discomfort and devise a treatment plan to rectify the problem.

Always remember early diagnosis increases the success of the procedure – that’s why preventative regular checks are the gold standard.

Common treatments for toothache are:

All of our toothache treatments are carried out by our award-winning dental team and in the comfort of our state-of-the-art Harley Street clinic.

To find out more about our toothache treatments or to arrange your appointment, please get in touch.


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