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Throbbing Tooth Pain: Causes and Treatments

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.

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.

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See a dentist now if

  • Your toothache has lasted more than two days.
  • Throbbing pain does not go away after taking painkillers.
  • You have a high temperature.
  • Experience pain when biting.
  • Had red or swollen gums.
  • Have an awful taste in your mouth/bad breath.
  • Your cheek or jaw is swollen.

Please do not go to the doctor (GP). They will not help you as this will require professional dental treatment and intervention.

To see us out of hours call us on 020 8224 7562.

If you do not have a local dentist, we are happy to accept new patients. 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.

When to go to A&E!

  • If the area around your neck or eye is swollen
  • The swelling in your mouth is making it difficult to breathe, swallow or speak.

What not to do when experiencing a toothache

  • Eat or drink foods that are sweet or very hot or cold.
  • Do not smoke. This has the potential to worsen some dental problems like infections.
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Signs you need emergency dental care

30% of adults say they regularly experience dental pain. – dentaly.org

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.

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.

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.

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Causes of toothache and tooth pain

Tooth decay and cavities are the biggest known contributors for causing a toothache.

However, throbbing tooth pain is also known to be caused by an infection taking place in the tooth or even surrounding gums.

Other causes include:

  • Decay, abscess
  • Cracked and damaged teeth
  • Loose or broken fillings, infections
  • Erupted wisdom teeth, problems with braces

Dental emergency tooth pain relief

For immediate pain relief from a toothache, it is always best to get the problem treated by a professional and experienced dentist.

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.

Our team of dentists are on hand 24/7 to provide any form of dentistry you require, from restorative to cosmetic.

Contact us here.

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Quick tips to relieve toothache at home

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.

  • Wash with salt water to clean your mouth
  • Position ice for 15 minutes to lessen any swelling
  • Chew on the other side of your mouth
  • Take ibuprofen (following label directions)
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks as well as chewy and sugary foods

The best in Surrey

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.

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Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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