From mild discomfort to severe sharp aches, dental pain is not a pleasant experience. More often than not, the pain that arises in your teeth, gums and jaws could indicate a more serious dental condition.
Painkillers can help you alleviate pain to a certain extent. However, it’s not a permanent solution that addresses the root cause of the toothache. Leaving it as it is will do no good, as it will only make the tooth pain unbearable or allow the underlying dental condition to worsen into an issue that is far more costly and painful. At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we provide effective toothache treatments that will help alleviate your pain.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Persistent dental pain is often a symptom of an underlying dental issue. When you walk into our dental practice with a toothache, our dentists will first determine the cause of it. Following a thorough diagnosis, we will create a personalised treatment plan that treats the root cause of your dental pain.
The most common causes of toothaches are:
Tooth decay – accumulated bacteria can erode your tooth enamel, creating cavities and exposing sensitive nerve endings in your teeth.
Abscessed tooth – neglected tooth decay can cause an abscess where pus builds up inside the tooth or gum.
Gum disease – when plaque builds up beneath the gum line, exposing sensitive tooth roots and damaging the bone supporting your teeth.
Fractures/Chipped teeth – cracked or chipped teeth exposes the pulp, causing severe dental pain, especially when eating.
Impacted wisdom teeth – wisdom teeth can emerge at an angle or only partially past the gumline, affecting surrounding teeth and increasing risk of decay.
Loose/broken fillings – when a filling has broken or come loose, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity.
Teeth grinding/clenching – constant grinding and clenching of your teeth can wear down the enamel and expose sensitive layers of your teeth.
Signs & Symptoms Of Toothache
You may experience several other symptoms along with your toothache. These symptoms include:
Constant, throbbing pain when chewing
Increased sensitivity when consuming hot/cold food and beverages
Swelling of gums and around the tooth
When Should I Visit The Dentist?
If you are wondering when you should see a dentist for tooth pain, we recommend you schedule an appointment ASAP, especially if you have:
a persistent toothache that lasts for 2 days or more
trouble opening your mouth and swallowing
The longer you ignore the pain, the more extensive damage it can cause.
Toothache Treatments At Warrnambool Smile Dental
Once the diagnosis is made, our dental professionals will develop a personalised treatment plan to treat your toothache. Our effective and safe dental pain treatment options include:
If decay or cavities are the cause of your toothache, dental fillings will be used to fill the cavity. It will help protect your teeth from further damage and pain.
Is a damaged or broken tooth causing severe pain? A dental crown can cover and protect a decayed or broken tooth and alleviate the pain.
Root Canal Treatment
Pain caused by damaged blood vessels or infected pulp inside the tooth can be repaired with root canal treatment. The damaged dental pulp will be removed, filled and sealed.
Gum disease caused by plaque build up along the gumline will be removed with professional dental cleaning and other gum treatments.
If your tooth is unsalvageable or if you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it will be removed by our dentist to prevent further pain and infection.
Teeth grinding can wear down the enamel (the protective layer of your teeth), exposing sensitive nerve endings. Our dentists may recommend a mouthguard to prevent this.
Tooth Pain Relief At Home
There are a few things you can do at home to get some relief while waiting for your appointment.
Placing a cold compress against your cheek
Gently rinsing your mouth with salt water to remove bacteria
Avoid eating hot/cold foods and beverages as they aggravate the pain.
But remember, these are temporary measures. For effective toothache relief, visit our dental clinic for treatment. We offer same-day emergency dental appointments at Warrnambool Smile Dental. So, call us immediately for emergencies!
How To Prevent A Toothache?
Toothaches can be unbearable, and they can affect your day-to-day life. But, they can be preventable. Toothaches generally occur due to the lack of oral hygiene. A proper oral hygiene routine that involves daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups is a good starting point to prevent tooth pain and other dental problems.
In addition, we also recommend you eat a healthy balanced diet that includes fresh and healthy foods such as fruits, veggies and proteins. Try to limit your intake of sugary and acidic food as it can leave your teeth at greater risk of decay and gum disease.
Cost Of Toothache Treatment & Payment Plans
The cost of toothache treatment will vary depending on the cause of the tooth pain and its severity. At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we believe that everyone deserves affordable dental care which is why we offer dental payment plans to help you manage these costs.
Denticare: You have the convenience of up to $10,000 under a flexible payment plan spanning 24 months.
SuperCare: Access your superannuation funds when you need it most with SuperCare.
Dental Pain Treatment At Warrnambool Smile Dental
Toothaches should never be ignored as they indicate an underlying dental problem. When you come to us with tooth discomfort, our top priority is to do everything possible to alleviate your pain. Adopting a patient-centric approach, our friendly and skilled dentists will make you feel right at home at our dental practice. We have also invested in the latest dental technology and equipment to ensure quick, safe and effective treatment.
Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to your oral health. Call our friendly team and get effective toothache treatment in our state-of-the-art dental clinic in Warrnambool. We are here to help you keep your smile free from problems.
Our Principal Dentist
DR. JOSEPH MOON
BDSC. (HONS) – UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE PRINCIPAL DENTIST