Throbbing toothache

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I don’t think we’ve met anyone who can ignore a throbbing toothache for a long time. There comes a point where painkillers stop working and the pain is continuous, incessant and debilitating. We often hear female patients say that child birth was less painful.

What causes it?

There are many dental issues that can cause a throbbing toothache, but the most common are:

  1. Dental cavities
  2. Dental abscess
  3. Root canal infection
  4. Irreversible pulpitis
  5. Trauma
  6. Acute sinusitis
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Throbbing tooth pain can happen at any time of the day, but is particularly more pronounced at night time

What to do for your toothache?

There are very few things that you can try, and if over the counter painkillers have stopped helping, it is time to see a 24 hour dentist. You could try the internet suggestions including use black tea, garlic, coconut oil, but in our experience if there is any relief it is very short lived and is not a substitute for ignoring the underlying cause. It’s throbbing for a reason!

Treatment will really be dependent upon the cause.

Your dentist may :

  1. Prescribe antibiotics
  2. Clean any cavities and place a sedative dressing
  3. Start root canal treatment
  4. Prescribe pain medication

Hole in tooth

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Holes in teeth are a very common dental issue. They can be painful or painless, and this is dependent on the extent of the hole (dental cavity). It’s important to fix any cavity in a tooth, as left untreated you may require further additional treatment including root canal treatment or crowns- in extreme circumstances, you may end up losing the tooth!

Why do I have a cavity?

A combination of factors can cause the development of a dental cavity, however the 2 most common factors are diet and oral hygiene. A diet high in sugars coupled with a less than efficient oral hygiene regime (including flossing) can lead to the development of dental cavities.

Just because you have a dental cavity and it is not painful, that isn’t a reason to delay having it repaired- rest assured it won’t miraculously get better. Professional dental emergency treatment is required

What will the dentist do?

A thorough assessment is required. The emergency dentist will perform a clinical examination and may take dental x-rays to help determine the extent of the cavity and whether there are signs of any infection of the roots. If there is enough tooth structure to retain a filling, you may be offered a composite filling . If the cavity is particularly large you may be recommended having a laboratory made restoration like a crown.

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A hole in a tooth can slowly get large and may irritate the root canal

If there are signs of a root infection then you will have two main options, either to restore the tooth with a root canal treatment or to extract the tooth

Regular visits to the dentist can help with early detection of dental cavities. In order to help minimize the risk of dental cavities, a proactive approach to a sensible balanced diet, regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene will also help.