Toothache can start for a number of different reasons. Often the pain will come on very suddenly and can range from a vague nagging pain to an agonising ache. Sometimes the pain can be intermittent and get worse when food or drink is taken. When you have tooth pain it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. We are always prepared to see a patient in an emergency who is in pain and will always do all we can to help walk in patients.
Usually toothache will occur when the centre of the tooth, the ‘pulp’ has become inflamed. The tooth or the dental pulp is at the heart of a tooth and is the tissue that contains the nerves and blood vessels. The pulp may become inflamed for a number of reasons such as:
Reasons for toothache that do not emanate from the dental pulp might include:
That will depend on what the cause of the toothache is. Our dentists will carry out a full examination and also might take x-rays. If it is discovered that tooth decay is the cause of the toothache the decay will be removed from the tooth and a filling put into the affected tooth.
If a loose or broken filling has caused the tooth ache then it will be replaced and any decay that there is will be removed.
If your dentist finds that the dental pulp has become infected the root canal treatment or a course of antibioticscan be given. If a root canal is necessary, the dentist will remove the dental pulp and then fill the space that is left with a paste. After that a dental crown will be fitted to seal and protect the tooth.