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.
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.