Toothache, or dental pain, is a common dental emergency experienced by almost everyone during the course of a lifetime.
When you have a toothache, everything you do is affected. Discomfort and pain are the only certainty. Eating is difficult, speaking can be painful, and some unfortunate few also experience a dull headache.
Hence when you have a toothache, you’ll do everything possible to stop it immediately. We at A Supa Smile feel the same way. If you or your loved ones in Croydon have a toothache or any other dental emergency, A Supa Smile is the emergency dentist to trust! A same-day emergency appointment is guaranteed!
What Causes A Toothache?
A toothache is actually caused by a more serious dental issue developing in your mouth. To effectively treat the toothache, the root cause must be addressed. Otherwise, your toothache will almost certainly return.
The following are the common causes of toothache.
Every time we eat, plaque builds up in our mouth. Proper brushing and good oral hygiene habits can effectively remove plaque. However, neglect coupled with a liking of sweet food and drinks allows the plaque to harden to calculus or tartar. The bacteria attack your teeth’s enamel, forming cavities, making your teeth sensitive. Thus the next time you pop a sweet, cold, or hot food or drink, you experience a toothache.
A dental abscess is an accumulation of pus in the site of an infection. It is caused by a number of things including severe tooth decay, dead nerve pulp, and poor dental work.
Gum disease is also one of the many consequences of poor oral hygiene. Tartar not only attacks the teeth’s enamel, but also targets the gums. The gums recede, exposing the tooth roots. Exposed roots are sensitive to sweet, cold, or hot food or drink, causing toothaches.
First Aid Steps
It is important to remember that the first aid steps can only alleviate the pain for a short period of time. They do not treat the toothache nor prevent it from returning. Still, it is important to know first aid steps to help you manage your pain before your trip to the dentist.
In case of a toothache of dental pain, here’s what you can do:
- Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. Make sure that there is no food left or stuck, particularly in the aching area.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash or a saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt = 8 ounces of lukewarm water) to rinse your mouth.
- Take OTC pain relievers. Always be mindful of the restrictions of the pain reliever.
- Apply clove oil on the aching area to reduce pain and sensitivity. Do not put aspirin on the gums or tooth, as this can cause a chemical burn.
- Apply a cold compress if there is swelling.
- Call and visit your dentist right away.
Toothache Treatment At A Supa Smile
As noted, treating a toothache begins with learning its casue. At A Supa Smile, we offer comprehensive dental treatments depending on the cause. Treatment could be a dental scale and clean, tooth fillings, dental sealants, or extraction (for an impacted wisdom tooth).
A Supa Smile, Your Family Dentists In Croydon
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. We will quickly attend to your needs to provide you the relief you need for any dental emergency.
Guaranteed same day emergency appointment. When it comes to a dental emergency, A Supa Smile in Croydon is your best choice.
Call (03) 9723 0703 or visit us at 143 Maroondah Highway in Croydon.