Why Is My Tooth Aching?
It’s fair to say that the most common cause for toothache is decay but it can also be caused by other dental problems including:
- Gum disease
- An abnormal bite
- Tooth Trauma
- Tooth eruption
- Teeth grinding
You may also experience similar symptoms to toothache from sinus or ear infections, TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and facial tension, but these are normally accompanied by a headache, just to add to your misery. If you’re experiencing pain around the teeth and jaws then it could also be symptoms of heart disease and if your dentist in Clacton thinks a medical illness might be the reason for your toothache then they’re likely to advise you to see your doctor right away.
Other symptoms which may accompany toothache
Without a complete evaluation by your Clacton dentist it can be hard to diagnose the cause of toothache since the symptoms can resemble other dental problems or medical conditions. However, you should contact your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Continuous lasting pain
- Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- Swelling around the tooth area
- Nasty tasting discharge
- Pain when you bite
What to do if you can’t see your dentist right away
If you’ve got toothache then it’s important to visit your dentist right away to get to the cause of the problem and receive treatment. If you can’t schedule an emergency appointment then the following things that you can do for yourself will temporarily ease the pain from toothache:
- Floss gently between and around teeth to loosen any particles of trapped food
- Rinse with salt water
- Take a pain killer such Ibuprofen to relieve pain
- Wet a small piece of cotton wool with oil of cloves and apply it to the sore tooth or rub it directly onto the sore area of your gums
- If your face is swollen apply a cold compress on the outside cheek to relieve pain
How your dentist can help
Your dentist will carry out a thorough oral examination checking for redness, swelling, and visible signs of damage to the tooth. He may take some X-rays to check for decay or cracking below the tooth. He may also prescribe a course of antibiotics to help heal the tooth. If your tooth is infected then it may require root canal treatment or even extraction.
If you’re suffering from toothache in Clacton then don’t delay. Leaving it will only make matters worse and the condition causing it may become more serious. Call Clacton Dental Care right away on 01255 221001 or contact us via our website at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk. Offering same day appointments we are your ‘go to’ emergency dentist in Clacton.