We all have experienced a toothache at some stage in our lives. A toothache always occurs due to an underlying dental problem, such as tooth decay, gum disease, dental infection, or a fractured tooth. Therefore, tooth pain should never be taken lightly and one should visit their general dentist in Nowra NSW immediately to get it treated. While a toothache can be excruciating and discomforting, the good news is that our dentist in Nowra NSW can help you get rid of it.

What Causes a Toothache?

According to the Australian Dental Association, dental pain can occur due to many reasons. Some of these are:

  • Tooth Decay – if a tooth has a cavity, the decayed tooth will become sensitive to hot and cold drinks and foods. Initially, the pain is short-lived. However, with time, the underlying pulp gets inflamed causing severe, continuous pain.  
  • Dental Infection – an infection in one of your teeth, such as a cyst or an abscess can also cause toothache. Typical signs of an underlying dental infection include swelling, redness, and pain. 
  • Fractured Teeth – a fractured or cracked tooth can cause severe pain on biting. Minor teeth cracks or fractures are not visible by the naked eye and can only be diagnosed by a dentist. On the other hand, larger cracks are visible.
  • Wisdom Teeth – Sometimes, the soft tissues around a partially impacted wisdom tooth can lead to inflammation and pain. This condition is called pericoronitis. 
  • Dental Injury – an injury to the teeth causing fracture or dislodgment of a filling can lead to pain and sensitivity. 

How is Toothache Treated?

At South Coast Dentists, our dentist in Nowra NSW will treat a toothache by diagnosing and managing the underlying cause. For example, if the pain is due to a decayed tooth, they will perform tooth decay treatment Nowra with a suitable filling. Similarly, if there is an infection, they will look at the X-ray images of your teeth to ascertain the location and extent of the problem, and then prescribe antibiotics to treat it. Sometimes, our dentist in Nowra will perform root canal treatment to treat the infection of the dental pulp. Finally, cracked or fractured teeth are restored with suitable fillings. If the cracks are large, they will reinforce the tooth with a crown after cosmetic bonding.

What to do When Having a Toothache?

If you or a loved one is having pain in a tooth, the first thing to do is to gently rinse the mouth with lukewarm water. This will help remove any object stuck between two teeth that is causing the pain. You may also use a dental floss to remove any foreign object. While you’re waiting to see your dentist, you should take an over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the discomfort and swelling. Placing an icepack over the affected side of the face will help minimise the swelling and pain. 

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Toothache symptoms can range from cold sensitivity to pain when you’re drinking something sweet. Some of the reasons why a tooth could hurt include:

  • Gum recession (exposed roots)
  • Active tooth decay
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Sinus pressure or infection
  • Trauma

If you have a toothache, don’t ignore it. Our dentists will help you pinpoint the source of your pain, so that you can be proactive about treating it before it gets worse. Early interceptive care isn’t just more affordable, it’s less invasive to your tooth as a whole.

Looking for compassionate family dentists who treat you like family? Call our Nowra office today to request an exam.
We offer a wide range of services and will only suggest a suitable solution if we are confident that this is the right solution to hit your goals.

At South Coast Dentists, we have a team of experienced and qualified dentists who are trained to treat anxious and apprehensive patients. So, don’t worry; we will ensure that your treatment is performed in a pain-free and comfortable environment.

The cost of toothache treatment depends on the underlying issue. For example, if the pain is due to a decayed tooth or dislodged filling, you will have to pay for the restoration. Similarly, if the pain is due to inflammation of the pulp, root canal treatment in Nowra will be required. The cost of toothache treatment in Nowra, on average, is $200 – 400 in Nowra. 

Severe toothache is considered a medical emergency. So yes, you can request an urgent appointment with our general dentist in Nowra at any time. If you have pain outside business hours or during the weekend, you can call our emergency hotline for further assistance. 

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