Toothache or Dental Pain - Wellington Point Dental

Toothache or Dental Pain


The terror of many people. Not only for being one of the ten most intense pains you can experience, but for the treatment, you may have to resort to.

How to relieve the toothache is something that concerns us all. Therefore, in Wellington Point Dental, we have prepared this article where we inform you of everything that has to do with a toothache. We will give you some explanations about this problem, what it is, its symptoms, what are its causes, ways to treat and prevent it.

Either because you are experiencing severe pain, because someone close to you is suffering at this time. Because you only want to learn about the subject, this article is designed as a guide to know how to act against this discomfort that many It makes them see the stars.

What is toothache?

The toothache, dental pain, or toothache is one of the most severe pain that people may experience, and one of the most variable in its intensity, causes, and characteristics. It consists of any type of sensitivity – for some more, for others less – that originates in the oral cavity, in some of the places related to the teeth.

In its sharpest faces, a toothache can spread to other places in the body, such as the head, ears, and throat.

Dental pain can be in different ways:

  • Acute or chronic
  • Pulsatile
  • Intermittent
  • In response to some external agent – hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods –
  • Momentary — chewing, pressure or palpation—
  • Continuous and disabling
  • As a nuisance that occurs occasionally

Types of toothache

There are two types of acute and chronic dental pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain recognizes, according to the following characteristics, two types of pain, acute and chronic.

Acute pain

  • With a duration of fewer than six months – many times, only a few hours or a few days.
  • It is a defence mechanism of our body to situations that represent imminent danger.
  • May cause tachycardia, mydriasis, and sweating
  • Its diagnosis is usually relatively easy, which allows adequate treatment.
  • On many occasions, it is disabling and produces anxiety.

Chronic pain

  • It lasts more than six months.
  • Gradual appearance, usually softer at the beginning
  • It persists over time.
  • Its diagnosis is usually difficult, which in turn complicates the establishment of an adequate treatment plan.
  • Over time it can cause depression and permanent disability, especially in cases of severe pain.

Toothache symptoms

Toothache usually begins unexpectedly and can vary from a mild sensation to very acute pain. The discomfort is initially located somewhere in the jaws – most often related to the teeth – but it can be referred to other parts of the body.

It is sometimes accompanied by swelling, bleeding gums, chewing pain, fever, and malaise.

Usually, pain can increase when eating or drinking, especially hot or cold foods. It can also increase when you go to bed because of an increase in pressure due to the arrival of more blood in your head.

Causes of toothache and teeth

Many sources trigger dental pain: from infection or trauma to a tooth, to problems in neighbouring structures that radiate to the mouth – such as the ear and tonsils. But definitely, tooth decay is the most common cause of this discomfort.

Dental treatments at Wellington Point Dental

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You can have a toothache after having some dental treatments. Placing a dental filling, for example, can irritate the pulp and produce sensitivity.

If the obturation remains high or with some filtration, some type of dental pain can also occur:

  • Eating
  • When chewing
  • Temperature changes produced by some foods.

Dental fractures or trauma

A broken tooth or some dental traumas can produce great pain that can decrease with the consumption of analgesics and the necessary treatments.

Depending on the severity of the trauma, they can occur from simple sensitivity, cracking and fractures, to the loss of teeth.

  • Tooth retention
  • Impaction of a molar that will require surgery to remove

The retained teeth, also known as impacted teeth, are those who, for some reason, once trapped within the alveolar bone. It can be caused among others by lack of space in the jaws, early exodontics, etc.

An included tooth can produce:

  • Pain or tenderness in the gums
  • Headache or jaws
  • Infection

How to relieve teeth pain in Wellington Point

If you reduce the intake of hot, cold or sweet foods, the pain, especially in cases of tooth decay and tooth sensitivity may decrease, since these substances are a trigger when the dentin is exposed.

In cases of inflammation of the gums, due to periodontal disease or gingivitis, as well as irreversible pulpitis or abscesses, the application of ice located in the affected area will decrease blood supply and therefore release the pressure and pain it causes.

When there is inflammation, the use of warm salt water rinses or rinses prescribed by your dentist may also help.

For Dental Emergency or toothache  information and treatment please call our caring team:

Wellington Point Dental

7/391 Main Rd, Wellington Point QLD 4160

Ph: 07 3207 3911

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