Toothaches range from mild, short-lasting sensitivity to cold and hot foods/drinks to severe longer-lasting pain.
When your teeth are sensitive to the foods or drinks that you consume, it usually indicates that there is an underlying problem. Sometimes this may be due to causes that do not require any dental treatment, but often it could be a sign that something more serious may be happening.
More severe toothaches normally worsen at night and will require some urgent treatment from your Beyond Smiles dentist. Symptomatic relief prior to your appointment can usually be achieved with hot/cold packs, salt water rinses, or a mouth rinse.
If you require painkillers, please read the instructions on the packet carefully or speak to your pharmacist, to determine which is best suited to you. Most importantly please see your Beyond Smiles dentist immediately to have the problem attended to.
Teeth that are prominent, usually upper front teeth, are commonly subjected to trauma when a person is injured in the area of the lower face. These injuries often occur whilst playing a sport, or due to unfortunate accidents. The use of properly fitted mouth-guards in sports has decreased the incidence of injuries to teeth during sporting activities, but accidents can still occur unexpectedly at other times, or with other leisure pursuits.
When an accident has occurred and it involves an avulsed tooth or a large fragment of the tooth, there are some very important steps to follow to ensure the best possible outcome.
Find the knocked out (avulsed) tooth. Put the tooth back into the socket with one quick forceful maneuver using the other teeth as a guide as soon as possible. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth into the socket, store the tooth in milk, or saline.
If the tooth has fallen in dirt, DO NOT SCRUB IT CLEAN, rinse it with milk or saline. In the event that milk or saline is unavailable, you can simply place the tooth in your mouth until such time you are able to transfer it into milk or saline.
You will need to seek dental attention immediately as the longer the tooth remains outside the socket the higher the chances of complications following replantation. When the avulsed tooth has been replanted and splinted, a root canal procedure would be required on the tooth.