Pain or discomfort indicates that something is not right and needs to be looked at. If you have toothache or pain, it is very important to visit the dentist within the first 2-3 days of the pain starting. This way, your dentist is able to identify the source of pain quickly and provide the right treatment.
By visiting your dentist on time you are not allowing the pain to progress. A big mistake that a lot of people make, is to assume that the pain will miraculously go away. Often they leave it until 5pm on a Friday afternoon when it has become an emergency and will be very few dental practices open, forcing them to go to hospital or spend a weekend in pain.
If you’re unlucky enough to have pain overnight or over the weekend, the best way forward is to take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol and then contact your dentist at your first opportunity.
Toothache is one of the worst types of pain and the reasons for toothache include: decay, broken or fractured tooth, ill-fitting fillings or crowns, gum disease, trauma, abscesses and expose dentine.
Sometimes the pain does go away but this is not always a good sign. A dying nerve can be painful for a few days and then stop for weeks but when the pain returns it will be unbearable and is most likely to be followed by an abscess and swelling.
A good emergency appointment will involve checking the teeth in the area of pain, this is because toothache can be referred so the pain can be at the top but the actual problem may be on the lower teeth or it may be the tooth besides the one you think is hurting!
The dentist should also check your gums and take x-rays. If you have an infection it’s likely the treatment will start with an antibiotic being prescribed.
About the author
Gina Vega is the owner of “Bishopsgate Dental Care” located near Liverpool Street Station in London; where she practices with her team to a high standard. With more than 15 years experience in the field, Gina has gained an excellent reputation as a general dentist and an Invisalign© practitioner with patients coming from many different parts of London and England to be treated by her. Gina is a qualified Invisalign© Platinum Practitioner. She has treated successfully hundreds of Invisalign© cases.