Dental Pain

Toothache

This can vary from slight sensitivity to severe throbbing pain.

Sensitivity may be related to gum recession and worn down teeth or a cavity. Treatment can be simple as our dentists applying a tooth desensitiser to your tooth. For cavities, these will usually need to be filled with a filling material. Larger cavities may need crowns or inlays/onlay which are made in a dental laboratory and fitted to the tooth.

Severe throbbing toothache can be very distressing for a patient and can often disrupt sleep. This can happen if the pulp (nerve) chamber of the tooth has been affected by deep decay or fractures. If this does happen our dentists may need to carry out root canal treatment or the tooth may need to come out. Please attend your dental examinations regularly as these problems can often be prevented.

Dental abscess

This is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, the gums or the bone. Symptoms include

  • intense, throbbing pain affecting the tooth or gum or face
  • pain that can spread to your ear, jaw and neck
  • pain that gets worse when lying down
  • pain disturbing sleep
  • redness and swelling of the gum or face
  • discoloured teeth
  • mobile teeth
  • sensitivity to hot or cold
  • bad breath or a fowl taste

The treatment for a dental abscess is to remove the source of the infection and may involve drainage, root canal treatment or extraction. Antibiotics may be used if the infection is severe or if it is spreading

Dental abscesses should be treated immediately. Please visit our dentists if you feel you have an abscess

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and damage or injury can lead to pain. It affects a large proportion of the population and can lead to

  • Muscle Tenderness
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Jaw Ache
  • Toothache
  • Heightened Tooth sensitivity
  • Tenderness to percussion of teeth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Worn Teeth
  • Clicking Joints
  • Painful Joints
  • Tooth Mobility
  • Disturbed Sleep

It can often be the result of grinding the teeth (often during sleep) or an imbalance in the way the teeth meet. There are numerous treatments available including

  • Splint therapy
  • Orthodontics
  • Osteopathy

Our experienced dentists will carry out a detailed examination to assess the cause of the pain and then provide you with an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment is very successful, please do not suffer and book in for a consultation.

Atypical Facial Pain

This encompasses a number of conditions and can be very debilitating for patients. It can often be related to the nerves that run from the central nervous system. Symptoms include

  • Sudden pain to the face or jaw
  • The pain can be excruciating
  • It can be random in its onset
  • It can occur several times in a day

This treatment usually needs referral to a specialist centre. It is important to exclude dental causes so please do visit us for a consultation.