A toothache can cause excruciating pain, and although dental care has improved a lot over recent years, it is still common. There are a lot of different reasons for suffering pain in your teeth, but the result is the same for each of them – you need to get help. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the causes of toothaches – and show you how to deal with them.
Types of toothache
There are many different types of a toothache, of course. You might get a sharp burst of pain when you bite down, for example. This will indicate that you might have a cracked tooth, cavity, or there is something wrong with your pulp. Or, you could have a loose filling. You can deal with this with a household painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. It’s important that you bring up the issue with your dentist the next time you have a checkup.
There are other toothaches that require more immediate attention, though. If your pain is waking you up at night, or if the pain is driving you to distraction, you should book an emergency appointment. You might have an abscess, which can lead to an infection in your gums and teeth. Again, make sure that you have some painkillers to take the edge off things – ibuprofen tends to be best as it can reduce swelling.
General tooth care
There are a few things you need to do to make sure that you avoid tooth pain. First of all, ask your dentist for advice on the sort of dental supplies you should keep in your bathroom cabinet. The quicker you deal with any pain, the easier it will be to get back to your normal life.
A good stock of ibuprofen will help, and you might benefit from avoiding hot or icy foods if your teeth are sensitive. Paracetamol and aspirin are popular alternatives. Depending on the source of your toothache, your dentist may recommend you use a different type of brush or even mouthwash.
In most cases, you can manage a toothache by yourself, at home. But, if symptoms persist, it’s a sign there is an underlying problem. Visiting your dentist will target the issue, and you will be given an appointment to return for fixing it. You might get a filling, which is a relatively painless experience these days.
If you have an abscess, then the process will be a little different. You’re going to have to go through a course of antibiotics to kill off any infection before your dentist can fix the problem. Finally, we should probably take a look at one of the procedures that give many people ‘the fear’ – the root canal.
These days, root canals aren’t as bad as they used to be – although they can take a few visits to fix. In most cases, you will find that the biggest pain you receive will be via your bank account! Because of the current procedures for fixing them, root canals can be very expensive – although you might get NHS funding.
We hope you have enjoyed this guide to a toothache, and it helps you avoid too much discomfort. Share your experiences in the comments sections below!