Toothache and pain are annoying and uncomfortable. But how do you know when it’s serious?
More often than not, toothache or tooth pain is a sign that more serious damage is taking place to your oral health and condition.
Typically caused by infections or inflammations of the tooth, the problem can get worse if left untreated – trust us, we know.
If you are experiencing severe pain – do not wait. Toothache that lasts more than 2 days is serious.
Call 020 8224 7562 to book an emergency appointment.
Do not go to the doctor (GP), they will be unable to help you as this will require professional dental treatment and intervention.
To see us out of hours simply call us on 020 8224 7562.
If you do not have a dentist, we are happy to take you. However, if you are looking for NHS covered care, call 111, who will advise you on what to do next. But please note, even in these cases you may be required to pay for your appointment.
Tooth decay and cavities are the biggest known contributors for causing toothache.
However, throbbing pain is also known to be caused by an infection taking place in the tooth or even surrounding gums.
Other causes of toothache include:
30% of adults say they regularly experience dental pain. – dentaly.org
Persistent sharp pain:
Serious oral issues like abscesses can cause a significant amount of pain that can be alleviated slightly with over-the-counter toothache remedies. If these have no effect whatsoever, it is recommended to visit an emergency dentist to relieve the pain.
When applying pressure there is extreme pain:
If you experience agony when you touch your tooth, or when you bite down on it, this can be a sign of a critical cavity or a defective restoration. Either of these problems will require urgent treatment.
If any blood is seeping from your gums that is accompanied by swelling, this could be an indication of the serious periodontal disease forming or the beginning of an infection forming.
Bad/weird taste in the mouth:
A bad odour that is lingering in the mouth could be a sign that a tooth is infected or seriously decayed.
If swelling occurs around the neck and jaw this can be a sign that an infection is beginning to spread to other areas in your body. This is usually a serious health complication. If infections spread to the brain it can be life-threatening.
Whilst at-home methods can be effective for relieving minor discomforts, this is often just temporary alleviation.
There is a reason for the pain and until this is amended, patients can expect to continue to experience problems with their oral health and condition.
If decay or toothache is present it will continue to cause problems and may even deteriorate your overall oral hygiene, state and health.
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Please note that the advice below is for temporary pain relief, if you are in enough pain to have found this page, then we do recommend you visiting the dentist to get the problem sorted.
Knowing when a toothache is an emergency or not can be difficult to pinpoint.
Often when toothaches are dull aches in the mouth can be less severe and are often not classed as dental emergencies.
However, if the pain is unbearable and the toothache persists book an appointment and have the problem seen to.
Serious toothache symptoms that need immediate care are:
Our practice based in East Molesey receives an influx of patients from across Surrey & London.
After being recommended by a friend to visit Gentle Dental Care for a tooth filling, Dr Ali Rifai wasted no time in inspecting all my teeth and recommending a treatment for 3 other teeth that needed urgent attention. – Elie G. Kingston
Conveniently located, we are happy to accept new patients and offer them same-day options to correct and restore their smiles.
New patients wanting to refer themselves to our practice can do so from these locations and their surrounding towns: Surbiton, Addlestone, Sutton, Claygate, Hinchley Wood, Teddington, Walton-on-Thames, Epsom, Chessington, Kingston.
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