Category “Toothache”

Don’t Start the New Year With Dental Pain!

Nobody wants to usher in a brand new year nursing dental pain. Although accidents happen, there are ways of reducing the risk of dental injuries, infections, and toothache. Here are some simple tips to help you keep dental woes at bay over the festive period:

  • Keep tabs on your dental hygiene regime: it’s very easy to get distracted at this time of year when you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm and party season is in full swing, however, there’s no excuse for forgetting to brush your teeth. We strongly recommend twice-daily brushing using fluoride toothpaste. We also advise your patients to floss daily to achieve a more comprehensive clean.

 

  • Go steady on the festive treats: we all like to indulge over Christmas and the New Year, but try and be kind to your teeth. Avoid snacking, and try and moderate your sugar intake. It’s fine to fill your boots and indulge on Christmas Day but don’t embark on a mission to finish your stash of sugary delights in record time and spend the whole of January scoffing sweets and sugared almonds.

 

 

  • Book a dental check-up: nobody wants to have to deal with toothache or sore gums at Christmas. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or you’ve noticed that your teeth are a bit more sensitive than usual or your gums are swollen, now is the time to pick up a phone and book an appointment.

What is Causing Your Toothache?

If you’re struggling with troublesome toothache, we are here to help. Whether you’ve had an isolated episode of pain or have experienced persistent discomfort or sensitivity, it’s a good idea to get your teeth checked out just in case you need treatment.

Causes of toothache

Toothache is a very common problem and there are various different causes. One of the most common causes of toothache is decay. Decay is caused by harmful bacteria, which produce strong acids that weaken the protective enamel surfaces of your teeth. Eventually the enamel will become so weak that holes known as cavities start to form. If you have tooth decay, it is best to get it treated as soon as possible to prevent further infection. The most common course of action is to place a filling inside the cavity. We offer high quality white fillings, which will strengthen and protect your tooth without having a negative impact on the look of your smile.

Dental injuries can also cause tooth pain. If you’ve been hit by a ball playing sport or have tripped and banged your mouth, for example, you may experience toothache. Pain may arise as a result of a fracture or chip and it’s best to see your dentist. If there is damage, your dentist can patch up your tooth to protect it and prevent any further pain.

Sensitivity can also increase the risk of tooth pain. If your teeth are sensitive, this usually means that the enamel is worn or thin and this has resulted in the dentin layer of the tooth becoming exposed. The dentin lies beneath the enamel and contains the nerves, which is why you feel pain.

Dental abscesses can also cause pain. Tooth pain tends to be severe in this case and you may also experience swelling and tenderness around the affected tooth. If you have a dental abscess, you will need treatment from your dentist, who will drain and remove the abscess.

If you’re struggling with pain, don’t suffer in silence. Call us today and we’ll have you smiling again in no time!

How to Deal with Dental Injuries

Over the course of time you can be involved in a number of accidents for many different reasons that cause your teeth to be broken, knocked out or moved out of their original position. This can be very painful and have a knock on effect, so it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.

What to do with a tooth injury

If your tooth has been knocked out you will need to visit your dentist as soon as possible to try and recover your tooth. If you are in possession of the tooth it is important to make sure it has been cleaned well to remove any dirt, but don’t scrub the tooth too hard to prevent any further damage. Once this is done keep the tooth between your gum and cheek, but don’t try to put it back where it came from. If this isn’t possible keep it in a clean cloth and place it in milk. Once this is done try to get to a dentist within half an hour, as it may be possible to repair the tooth.

For teeth that have been knocked out of place, apply a gentle pressure with your finger to realign it, but do not pressure it back into the opening. Once again it is important to get to a dentist within half an hour to see which treatment is required; this will be based on how serious the injury is by your dentist.

For tooth fractures it is important to get to the team at Advance Dental Clinic quickly so we can determine the seriousness of the fracture and what to do in order to save it, as there are different procedures and definitions for small, moderate and serious fractures. It is important to note that there is usually a very limited possibility of saving a serious fracture.

Attacking a Tooth Abscess in Colchester

Some conditions come and go in your mouth and can be treated with the minimum of fuss to maintain the health of your mouth. There are some though that can’t be taken lightly and are quite dangerous, a tooth abscess being the perfect example. All things that go wrong in your mouth start with a combination of poor oral hygiene and the build up of plaque. This then turns into nasty things like tooth decay and gum disease, then things get really nasty when the abscess forms. Your face will swell violently and you will suffer extreme pain, but don’t believe for a second that this is the end of it. During the eruption of an abscess, very sinister toxins will be leaked into your body via the bloodstream and can become life-threatening. The only way to fight this problem is to seek immediate help, if not from a dentist, then from a hospital. Before the problem behind all this can be treated, you will need to be pumped with antibiotics to neutralise the poisons and then bring down the swelling. Only then can your dentist in Colchester set about fixing you up again. Be warned though- and the Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford can tell you all about this, you get one abscess and the chances are that others will follow on and re-offend and at this juncture, only an extraction will stop the threat. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Dealing with Dental Pain in Brentwood

In Brentwood, dental pain can come in many guises and can strike at any time. Sometimes it can come after you’ve had treatment or if you’ve had an injury. Heavy dental procedures can involve a lot of work to rectify problems and leave the mouth feeling sore and fragile afterwards. Generally, you will be prescribed a course of painkillers until the pain subsides. Other pains can be caused by an accident; minor injuries like a chip, or if veneer has fallen off or a filling has dropped out, and it’s likely that it can leave the gums and the tongue vulnerable to laceration. It is possible to fill any holes with sugar free gum and again use painkillers until you can get to the dentist. However, with a toothache, it can indicate a build up of decay inside the tooth. Again, painkillers can help here, but so can herbal remedies such as clove and Echinacea oils that have soothing qualities to ease the pain, whilst avoiding hot and cold drinks, until treated. Another pain that results from constant exposure to wear and tear, is pain found in the jaw. This can indicate a poor occlusion, or ‘bite’, or teeth grinding and is more complex to treat, even surgery may be required if significant damage is already done.

The worst, and potentially, the most dangerous cause of dental pain, is caused by an abscess forming. This can escalate very quickly; the blood can become poisoned and cause a haemorrhage to build up in the brain. Once the face shows any indication of swelling, emergency help should sort. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex.

Emergency Dental Treatment

Today I had a call from a new patient with pain from a tooth, after she could not get in contact with her NHS dentist. I treated her problem with a root canal treatment that will be finished off by my colleague James in the next few days. If you require emergency treatment please call the dental practice, you will be given a mobile number to call so we can arrange to see you as quickly as we can.