Toothache

Treating toothache 

 

If you have toothache, it is important you see your dentist as soon as possible.

Treatment for toothache depends on what is causing the problem. Some of the possible treatment options are outlined below.

  • if your toothache is caused by tooth decay, the dentist will take out the decayed area and replace it with a filling
  • if your toothache is caused by a loose or broken filling, the filling is taken out, any decay is cleaned out and a new filling is put in
  • if the pulp of your tooth is infected, you may need to have root canal treatment, where your dentist (or a specialist called an endodontist) takes out the decayed pulp, fills the space with a paste and covers the tooth with a crown to protect and seal it

If toothache cannot be treated by these methods, or if the tooth is impacted (wedged between another tooth and the jaw), it may need to be taken out altogether.

 

Painkillers

 

While you are waiting for an appointment with your dentist, to ease the pain you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Children under 16 years of age should not be given aspirin. If you are unsure, speak to your dentist or pharmacist.

Try to avoid very hot or cold foods as they can make the pain worse.

 

If you are having major problems and feel you need further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us at the practice on 0191 4832509 or email our Practice Manager Nicola on dentalclinics@live.co.uk

 

 

If you are in need of an emergency dentist outside these hours please call 111, the service operator will help you with your dental emergency.

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