Tooth Pain

There are many types of dental pain that patients may experience. When you attend our practice with pain a dentist will typically ask you questions like this

  • How long have you had your toothache?
  • Is your toothache triggered by eating and drinking or does it come on spontaneously?
  • Does it keep you awake at night?
  • Does it wake you up at night?
  • Is it relieved by analgesics/pain killers?
  • How long does the pain last?
  • Does anything relieve the pain?
  • Can you identify which tooth is causing the pain or is it only generalised pain?

Your answers to these questions, along with examination of your mouth and the taking of x-rays (if needed) will help your dentist achieve a diagnosis and then establish an appropriate plan for your treatment. This may involve the placement or replacement of a filling, placing varnish on exposed root surfaces or build up of warn teeth.  More advanced problems that can’t be reversed would then likely require root canal treatment or extraction.

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