Toothache – The causes and what you can do about it
There are a number of strange awareness days around – and the annual National Toothache Day, on 9th February, is definitely one of them! Toothache is not generally considered something to celebrate; in fact, it can be incredibly painful and make normal life, eating and drinking, very difficult indeed. However, it is definitely a sign that you need to visit a dentist and have the problem looked into by a professional. Perhaps a more fitting name for 9th February would be ‘Reminder to go for a check-up at your dentist’ Day?
What causes toothache?
Toothache is essentially pain suffered in and around the jaw and teeth and it’s usually caused by tooth decay, a lost filling, or a cracked or broken tooth.
There are lots of different types of pain that you can experience when you have toothache such as, constant dull pain, a pain that comes and goes, pain that occurs when eating hot or cold food, or sharp penetrating pain. Sometimes, it can feel like the pain radiates from the ear or sinuses, even when the issue is with your teeth.
How can you treat toothache?
Toothache is a sign that you need to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Your dentist will examine your mouth and diagnose the problem and an individual treatment plan will be formed. Depending on the cause of the tooth decay a number of treatment options may be recommended, including fillings, root canal treatment or extraction.
What can prevent toothache?
The best way to minimise the chances of getting toothache is for you to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible and to visit your dentist for regular check-ups, so that any potential problems can be spotted early and treated in a timely manner, meaning the issues do not worsen; avoiding pain and making treatment simpler and shorter.
I visit my dentist regularly; why do I have toothache?
Unfortunately, sometimes a dentist may fail to see the signs that you have a problem with your teeth, despite regular check-ups. This could mean that, because of your dentist’s negligence, you suffer prolonged pain, difficulties with daily life, and uncomfortable treatment when the issue is finally diagnosed; all problems which could have been avoided if your dentist had spotted the condition or problem earlier. Alternatively, treatment your dentist provided for you may not be of a suitable standard leading you to have further problems later down the line.
If you feel that your dentist has been negligent and you would like to know the next steps to take, take a look at our Dental Complaints information or contact us for free advice, on 0808 252 3596.