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Toothache Advice

There are many potential causes of toothache ,these can include:

* Pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp in the tooth which can die and become infected). This can lead to a dental abscess.
* Dental decay.
* A fractured or cracked tooth.
* An exposed tooth root, which can be caused by receding gums.
* An abscess in the gum (lateral periodontal abscess)

Pain emanating from the jaw is often mistaken for toothache, but as long as there is no infection in the jaw area then emergency dental treatment is not usually needed. Simply contact your dentist for a general appointment.

Often, toothache is a result of bacterial infection of the tooth and gums, which in extreme cases can have very serious health implications for the sufferer.

If swelling of the face or gums is present, along with accompanying fever or pain, then urgent dental treatment should be sought before any further deterioration of symptoms occurs.

The best way to prevent toothache is to keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing, cleaning between teeth with floss and minimising consumption of sugary foods and drink. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that any issues are identified and addressed early.

In the first instance, pain relief and treatment of the infection with antibiotics is used to control the immediate symptoms, with any reconstructive or remedial treatments carried out at a later stage when the infection has settled down.

In the meantime as long as the infection is under control then normal activities can be resumed until follow up treatment is carried out. Occasionally tooth extraction is the only option but in most cases this can be avoided with remedial treatment.

As with all tooth or jaw pain, even if there is no obvious sign of infection, if the pain is severe then seek the advice of an emergency dentist. If in doubt get an emergency dentist to check it out!


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