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Everything You Need To Know About Toothache

Let’s face it, most of us have suffered with toothache in some form or another. Sometimes the pain is slight and intermittent (usually when we eat or drink something hot or cold) and on other occasions it can be excruciating. Whatever the case it’s always best to seek treatment for your toothache. Southend dental clinics nearly always have an emergency dentist on call for those suffering with the latter, but one things for sure, if you experience any type of tooth pain it should be a sign that you really need to pay a visit to your local dentist in Southendas soon as you can.

So what causes toothache?

emergency dentistIn essence, although there are several reasons why toothache occurs, in the majority of cases it’s caused by tooth decay. Toothache is something that won’t normally go away on its own and more often than not, the longer you leave it, the worse it gets. If the problem isn’t treated, the soft pulp contained within the tooth will become infected and can lead to the forming of abscesses. More often than not when this happens then the pain becomes far worse and in some cases, it’s intolerable.

Why toothache occurs

We’ve already mentioned that toothache often occurs when the inner dental pulp becomes infected but why does this happen? Reasons include –

  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Cavities
  • Bacterial infections

There are also a number of other conditions that can cause tooth pain even though the pulp isn’t affected. These include –

  • Receding gums
  • Ulcers
  • Periodontal abscesses
  • Sinus problems such as sinusitis
  • Bite problems and jaw alignment issues

and finally… babies can also experience toothache in the form of teething.

What about treatment?

Clearly the type of treatment you have depends on the underlying cause of the pain. Whether you’re seen by an NHS dentist in Southend or a private dentist they’ll normally start by carrying out an oral examination. If the problem isn’t clear straight away or they need further clarification then they may also carry out an X-ray. If tooth decay is apparent them the dentist will simply remove the decayed area and replace it with a filling. If a loose or broken filling appears to be causing the problem, then the filling is usually removed, any decay cleaned out, and a new filling put back in it’s place. Finally if you have infected tooth pulp, then the dentist might opt for a root canal. This is where the infected pulp is cleared out, the hole filled with special paste, and the remaining tooth is covered with a crown to further protect it.

In essence the best way to avoid toothache is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This means proper brushing and flossing along with regular dental check-up’s. If you want to book yourself a check-up, or if you’ve been suffering with toothache, Southend Dental Care are ready to take your call. Contact us on 01702 465 000 or make a booking via our website at

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