Toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies and probably the most painful and annoying of them all. If you are suffering from a toothache, everything you do is affected. You cannot eat, speak normally, perform well in work, and for some a dull headache follows.
We understand the inconvenience toothache can cause, that’s why at Lightwood Dental we take care of it immediately. Your trusted dentist at Lightwood Dental can shoo the pain away in almost no time.
Causes of Toothache or Dental Pain
Toothache can be caused by many factors but the most common reason is poor oral hygiene. Let’s take a look at some of the causes.
- Tooth decay.
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to accumulate and damage the protective layer of the tooth. The first sign of decay is noticed when you eat something sweet, very cold or very hot. The irritated pulp is affected and causes pain in your tooth.
- Abscessed tooth.
If you notice pus near the source of the pain, then the cause of the toothache could be an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth can also be caused by other factors, but the most usual cause is tooth decay. It happens when the pulp gets infected, and when left untreated, the pulp dies leading to an abscess. An abscessed tooth won’t get better in time. You have to see your dentist immediately before the infection can spread to surrounding areas.
- Tooth fracture.
Minor tooth fracture is when the outer layers of the tooth are chipped. Severe tooth fracture involves fractures of the tooth and/or mouth.
- A damaged filling.
- Infected gums
First Aid Steps for Toothache or Dental Pain
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss teeth to remove food particles from the area.
- Control swelling by pressing a cold compress to the outside cheek of the affected area.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever but do not take Aspirin if you are not yet 18.
- Never put aspirin against gums near aching tooth because it can burn the gum tissue.
- Call your dentist immediately.
Same Day Emergency Appointment Available at Lightwood Dental
If you are suffering from a toothache or dental pain, it is important to see you dentist immediately. Your Lightwood Dental dentist in Ferntree Gully and Knox City will check for symptoms and suggest treatments. If left untreated a simple toothache can worsen and lead to more serious dental issues.
Lightwood Dental guarantees Same Day Emergency Appointment to cater to your needs.