Toothache Or Dental Pain
On of the most common and probably the most aggravating dental emergencies is toothache or dental pain. When you’re suffering from them, everything stops, and the only thing you can focus on is that persistent pain.
OTC pain relievers offer quick relief, but they do not treat the problem. A few hours and you’re stuck with a toothache again.
At Bondi Dental, we do more than just stop the pain. We make sure it doesn’t come again. We are ready to help you 24/7, so there is no need to endure the pain.
What Causes Toothache?
Toothache is not the real health problem; it is actually a mere symptom that there is a more serious dental problem developing in your mouth. If you have toothache, the following are the common reasons for it:
Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to develop and thrive in your mouth. These bacteria attack your teeth, forming cavities. Toothache happens when you eat hot, cold, or sweet foods.
Accumulated plaque not only targets teeth. It also attacks the gums, causing your gums to recede and expose the roots of your teeth. When this happens, your teeth become sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods, and a toothache is the result.
Toothache could also be a symptom of an abscessed tooth. An abscess can be inside the tooth, gums, or in the bone that holds the tooth. Abscess inside the tooth is most often caused by dying or dead nerve/pulp.
You tooth fillings, when lost/damaged, expose the affected tooth making it sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods, hence the toothache.
Very common in children, but also experienced by adults around 17 to 25 years old as the third molars “wisdom tooth” develops.
First Aid Steps
If your tooth aches, here’s what you can do:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly using lukewarm saltwater solution. (1/2 teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water)
- Floss your mouth to make sure that there is no food debris left or stuck.
- If there is swelling, apply a cold compress.
- Take OTC pain relievers but do not give aspirin to those below 18 years old. Never put aspirin to your aching tooth or the gums surrounding it.
- Visit your dentist immediately.
Treatment at Bondi Dental
Your Bondi Dental dentist will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of your toothache.
Visiting your dentist immediately can increase the chances of saving your teeth. For instance, a tooth with toothache caused by decay can still be saved from extraction if reported early.
To make sure that your toothache will not bother you again, aside from treating the cause, your Bondi Dental dentist will also give amazing tips to keep your oral health in tiptop shape.
Dental Emergency at Bondi Dental
Bondi Dental is ready for your dental emergencies 24/7. Rest assured that we’ll treat your dental emergency even after office hours, on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), and on all Public Holidays.
If you have dental emergencies and/or require immediate pain relief, call (02) 9365 7187 to make an appointment with Bondi Dental’s expert dentists.