Toothache always seems to occur at the most inconvenient time…

Whether you are on holiday, enjoying your weekend or have an important meeting at work,

we want to help advise you on relieving your symptoms from dental pain.

Chiswell Green Dental Centre hopes this article offers a few helpful tips to help manage the

pain until you get to see a dentist.

What is toothache?

Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that can be caused by tooth

decay, a lost filling or broken tooth.

You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking

can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. It can also

sometimes be difficult to decide whether the pain is in your upper or lower teeth. When a

lower molar tooth is affected, the pain can often feel like it’s coming from the ear.

How soon can you get an appointment with your dentist?

If you ever experience severe dental pain your first step should be to call your dentist and

try to arrange the first available appointment. Here at Chiswell Green Dental Centre, we

aim to offer same day emergency appointments where appropriate. It is recommended to

note down a pain history by recording when the pain started, any incidents which may have

triggered the pain (E.G. When eating), is it keeping you awake at night? How often are you

taking over the counter painkillers? This will really help the team identify the most

appropriate specialist for you to see.

Take pain relief!

Try not to cope with pain, the sooner you take pain relief the sooner the discomfort will

begin to ease. Remember to check with a pharmacist or your GP if you are already taking

medication for another ailment. We would usually advice patients to take paracetamol

(painkiller) following manufactures guidance along with ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory)

providing you have no other health conditions prohibiting you from this. Try not to miss any

of the recommended doses as the pain relief will work best when constantly in blood

stream and taken at the recommended time intervals, every 4-6 hours. You can also try

numbing the pain using an over-the- counter dental gel containing local anaesthetic,

although this isn’t suitable for children under 12.

Temperature relief

Apply a cool compress (ice pack) to the affected area on the side of your cheek. This will

help reduce any swelling and as well as providing comfort to the inflamed area.

Post dental treatment pain

If the pain is post dental treatment continue to follow the post-operative information

leaflet given to you and make sure you have not missed any of the listed steps as part of

your aftercare routine. Make sure you call the practice if you are unsure of anything.

NB: Prevention Over Cure!

The best way to avoid toothache is to ensure you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups,

so that they can take necessary x-rays to look at the places we can’t see with our eyes.

Contact us today to make an appointment for your fully comprehensive dental assessment

with one of our specialists.