What Causes A Toothache?
Toothache is the most common found form of facial pain and is a sign that there may be health problems with the gums or teeth. Brushing and flossing daily doesn’t guarantee that you won’t suffer from toothache but it certainly helps!
- Inflammation or swelling of the dental pulp is the underlying cause of most toothaches. Tooth decay is one common cause of this inflammation.
- Cracked teeth, bruxism (tooth grinding), and gum infections are other possible causes of toothaches.
- Conditions commonly confused with toothache are headaches, ear infections, sinus infections, and tense facial and jaw muscles (often caused by tooth clenching and grinding).
The severity of a toothache can vary. It ranges from mild to severe. It can be constant or intermittent. It Han be localised to one spot or can feel like it is coming from half your head. It can have various triggers including cold, hot, sweet and chewing- or none of these.
To be able to help someone with a dental pain we must first reach an accurate diagnosis regarding the cause, as each different cause requires a different management strategy and a different treatment.
If you are suffering from a toothache you need to get your dentist. Anti-biotics will not help you- dental treatment of some kind will be required so your GP and local A&E can’t help.
At Balsall Common Dental Practice we provide an emergency dental service to help people with toothache. We try to see people the same day that they call and can consider reopening the practice at night or on a weekend if required. Often people travel to us from Birmingham, Solihull or Coventry for help with their emergency toothache
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