Often people may visit their dentist and say, “My tooth hurts, and I have no idea why!” Toothache can strike at any time for a variety of reasons. Not all dental issues are obvious to the untrained eye. Regardless of the cause, it can be very painful, making it hard to eat, sleep and concentrate on everyday tasks. It is essential to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible when tooth pain is present.
There are many different types of gum disease. Infections in the gum can be caused by poor oral hygiene, plaque build up, smoking, drinking alcohol, certain medical conditions, genetics, stress or simply from the aging process. Gum disease needs treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as possible. If gum disease is left untreated it can cause many other complications. Symptoms can be obvious, however often there may be no symptoms at all in the early stages.
Dental decay may be very obvious, however, it may not be. It is a very common issue and does need emergency dental treatment. Decay happens when acids from food combine with bacteria in the mouth. This can then eat away at the outer layers of the teeth. A regular dental hygiene routine and taking care not to eat too much sugar can help reduce the risks of decay. If a patient is suffering from decay then it may be that it has penetrated to the root of the tooth. This may require a root canal treatment. If decay has progressed to a point where the tooth needs extracting then there are things you can do to make your smile look more pleasing to the eye. Once the decay has been removed or treated then a denture or a dental implant can be fitted to replace the missing tooth.
There may be other, more obvious, causes of toothache, such as:
If you need emergency dental treatment then the clinic offers a 24-hour emergency service. This is available to anyone, whether you are a patient with us or not. If you need to book an appointment then you can call, email or book online. Alternatively, we offer a walk in service. Our staff will be on hand to deal with any dental emergency you may have.