The pain associated with a toothache can be debilitating, leaving you unable to speak, chew or function properly in your day-to-day. If you or someone you know is suffering from a toothache, keep reading to find out the possible causes and what to do if you’re experiencing dental pain.
What is causing your toothache?
There are many reasons why your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be in pain, the most common of which include:
- Dental abscesses or cysts
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Impacted teeth
- Periodontal/gum disease
- Sinus infections
- Sensitivity caused by teeth whitening products
How to get rid of toothache
If you’re experiencing a toothache, we recommend contacting our dental team in Wiltshire and booking an emergency appointment. Whilst you’re waiting to be seen, you can relieve some of your pain and swelling by taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen. Please only take painkillers as directed and if you are medically cleared to do so. Swelling can also be relieved by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
How do you know if you need an emergency dental appointment?
It can be confusing to know when your toothache becomes a dental emergency, but we recommend getting in touch with your Sarum dentist in Wiltshire if you:
- Are in severe pain
- Can see visible damage to your tooth
- Cannot eat or drink
- Can’t attend school/work
- Experience prolonged symptoms
At our dental practice in Salisbury, our friendly team are happy to accommodate patients who require urgent attention. Though we currently do not offer an out-of-hours service*, our receptionists will aim to provide you with a morning or afternoon clinic session where the dentist will take a digital x-ray of your troubled tooth to discover the cause of your dental pain. We will then recommend the most appropriate course of treatment to provide you with relief as soon as possible.
*If the practice is closed whilst you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend that you call NHS 111 for self-care advice at the very least. The accident and emergency service at the local hospital, Salisbury District Hospital, will be the best port of call if you:
- Are in severe dental pain not being eased by painkillers
- Are bleeding non-stop from the mouth (i.e. tooth extraction site)
- Have trauma of the face/mouth/teeth after a recent accident/injury