A toothache can range from minor, dull yet persistent to major, sharp and throbbing sensitivity. It can emerge from anywhere and at any time and most of the time, you’re unlikely to determine the reason for the sensitivity and where it originates from. The dentist can pick this up almost instantly, but it is also important that you’re able to determine the main types of toothache and what they mean, so you can take the necessary steps to manage the pain before a check-up appointment at the dentist.
Any form of sensitivity, no matter whether it’s major or minor, is telling you that there something is wrong it needs instant attention.
Here are the types of toothache to look out for.
Hot and Cold Sensitivity
Hot and cold sensitivity is simply a form of pain that occurs when consuming hot or cold foods. This can range from drinking coffee to eating ice cream. This can indicate several possibilities, such as a tooth experiencing decay, a filling has become loose or a tooth root has become exposed to gum recession, where the throbbing pain becomes more severe from time to time.
A Dull Persistent Toothache
A dull and persistent toothache is a sharp throb that occurs at any point in time. The main sources of this type of toothache could be food debris being stuck in your teeth or gums, suffering from teeth grinding, a tooth abscess or a loose tooth. It is a sure sign that the dentist needs to be consulted.
To reduce the persistent pain, ensure that you keep the affected area clean at all times through brushing and flossing, avoid consuming sugar and consider wearing a mouthguard in future to avoid the upper and lower teeth grinding together. You should also consider taking over-the-counter medication if an appointment isn’t forthcoming to keep the affected area temporarily numb.
Constant Throbbing Pain
A sharp, throbbing pain should be considered as an emergency and requires a visit to the dentist because this type of toothache indicates that a filling has dislodged or a tooth or crown has fallen out, a tooth has suffered from severe decay, or you’re experiencing a cavity. The dentist will identify the problem and relieve you of the pain quickly. This may require tooth extraction or root canal treatment if the tooth is severely decayed.
If your gums are sensitive, this is a sign of an abscess. This is a result of periodontal disease, which can severely damage your oral health. A dentist will need to be seen to immediately to relieve you of any pain and heal the abscessed tissue.
Understandably, it can be difficult to know the cause of any type of toothache, but this guide will help you to perform certain steps to relieve you of your pain. Ultimately, any type of toothache indicates a problem with your oral health, and it is recommended that you do not leave this to chance and wait for the pain to disappear because the underlying cause is unknown and needs to be addressed.
If you’re in any sort of pain, contact us at Simply Dental Chatswood today and we will relieve you of your pain almost instantly. Contact us now to book your appointment today!