Toothache Causes,
Symptoms and treatments

Toothache is a common dental concern characterised by pain around the teeth and jaws, often ranging from mild discomfort to severe throbbing ache, accompanied by facial swelling and flu-like symptoms if left untreated. Causes include tooth decay, cracked or damaged teeth or fillings, orthodontic treatment, and dental abscesses. At Thames, Dr Bravis and her specialist team provide advanced dental treatments tailored to address toothache and associated symptoms effectively.

Symptoms and causes

Toothache manifests in various ways, from sharp, sudden pain to prolonged discomfort, exacerbated by eating or drinking, particularly hot or cold items.

Common causes include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or damaged teeth/fillings
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Dental abscesses
  • Partially erupted teeth

Common symptoms include:

  • Dull or sharp tooth pain
  • Throbbing ache
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Facial swelling
  • Flu-like symptoms

How we treat toothache in Thames Ditton

While awaiting professional care, temporary relief measures such as painkillers, saltwater rinses, and pain-relieving gels can help alleviate discomfort. Our team at Thames, led by Dr Theodora Bravis, offers comprehensive treatment options tailored to your specific needs, including:

  • Dental fillings: Repair cavities and restore tooth structure for pain relief and improved function.
  • Dental Crowns & Bridges: Restore damaged teeth, providing strength, protection, and alleviating pain.
  • Root canal therapy: Treat infected or inflamed tooth pulp to relieve pain and preserve the tooth.
  • Tooth extraction: Remove severely damaged or infected teeth to alleviate pain and prevent further complications.

When to see a dentist?

If you experience a toothache persisting for more than a day or two, facial swelling, or difficulty opening your mouth, it’s crucial to seek professional dental care promptly. Early intervention can prevent complications and alleviate discomfort effectively. At Thames, we prioritise your dental health and well-being, offering personalised care and innovative treatment options to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Dr Theodora Bravis, principal dentist and founder of Thames Dental & Skin Clinic in Thames Ditton, Surrey, smiling confidently at the camera, showcasing her expertise in providing high-quality dental care and facial aesthetic treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches can stem from various factors, including cavities, abscessed teeth, cracked teeth, damaged dental restorations, and gum disease.

How do dentists treat toothaches?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction.

Can toothaches go away on their own?

While minor discomfort may resolve on its own, persistent toothaches often indicate an underlying dental issue requiring professional intervention.

How can toothaches be prevented?

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, attending regular dental check-ups, and avoiding excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks can help prevent toothaches.

Ready to book a dental examination?

We strongly believe that prevention is the key to good health and avoiding dental and general health problems. You can book a comprehensive check-up with our dedicated dentist today.

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