Need an Emergency Dentist in Lancashire?
We are a general and cosmetic dental clinic in Preston. If you have a dental emergency, and not registered with a dentist, please call our treatment Coordinator ; Yvonne on 01772-726932 to arrange for a consultation appointment.
What is a toothache?
Toothache is defined as pain around a single tooth, multiple teeth, or one or both jaws.
Why does this occur?
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth, exposed roots, sinus problems and jaw joint disease.
Symptoms and risks of having a toothache?
Toothaches may be accompanied by shooting pain, headaches, sinus pressure, earaches and neck pain. The risks of not treating the toothache depend on the cause.
What can I do until I see a dentist?
Until you are able to see the dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as paracetamol, unless you are allergic.
What will the dentist do?
The dentist must determine the reason for the toothache before recommending a course of action. A thorough examination that includes x-rays can help determine the cause.
Identifying A Toothache
If you think that you are suffering from toothache, then you should look out for the following signs:
- Constant pain, often when pressure is applied to the area that is sore
- Swelling of the face around the area of the gum and tooth
- Increase in temperature of your body, showing you area fighting an infection
- Saliva that tastes bad, and you cannot understand why
Some people will have all of these symptoms, and some will just have a few, but no matter what the sort of pain is that you are feeling, you should definitely see a dentist. You do not have to live in pain.
If your pain is extreme you may feel as though you would like to go to an emergency room, which is why you should organize an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice that you have significant pain. As you wait for your appointment, normal over-the-counter pain medication should be enough to help you to continue daily life – as long as you don’t exceed the maximum dosage.