Articles What Could Be Causing Your Toothache?
Most of us get toothache from time to tie, but if you’re struggling with aches and pains on a regular basis, it may be time to call your dentist. Toothache can be caused by lots of different things, but it may be a sign of underlying problems, which need fixing. If you’re in doubt or you’re due a routine check-up, call and book an appointment today!
What causes toothache?
Toothache can be mild, moderate and severe and it may stem from injuries, infections or decay. If you’ve been involved in an accident, you’ve been injured playing sport or you’ve suffered pain since biting down on something hard, you may have damaged your tooth and it’s a good idea to see your dentist, especially if you think you may have fractured the tooth.
Toothache can also be symptomatic of a dental abscess and pain may be severe; when you have an abscess, pain tends to come on suddenly and get worse and the area around the affected tooth may also feel tender and swollen.
Toothache is often a sign of decay and it may also be accompanied by sensitivity. If you have a cavity, the best thing to do is to fill the tooth. Fillings help to stabilise and strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of harmful bacteria spreading to other parts of the tooth.
When should I see a dentist?
If you have toothache, it’s always a good idea to arrange an appointment with your dentist, as your pain may be symptomatic of an underlying cause, such as tooth decay. If you suddenly get toothache, you have severe pain or the pain seems to be getting worse, call your dentist to make an urgent appointment.
Regular check-ups every 6-9 months can help to reduce the risk of dental illnesses and prevent dental pain. A good oral hygiene regime at home is also highly beneficial for oral health.
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