A toothache can range from a mild discomfort to excruciating pain and we offer treatment options to solve both
A toothache is often a symptom of a bigger problem in the mouth that will need to be addressed, or the problem may get worse, and treatment becomes more complicated and expensive.
If you are in need of immediate attention, give us a ring, and we’ll do all we can to see you on the day to stop the pain. If you are unsure if this is an emergency, our highly trained team members can guide you on what to do and the next step for you to take.
It will also be wise to purchase over the counter pain relief to manage the pain until we can treat the root of the problem.
Record the nature of the pain, location, severity and when the pain started. The information provided will allow us to make a diagnosis quickly and get you out of pain fast. We will then perform a comprehensive exam and discuss the options with you.
Causes of Pain
Tooth decay affects patients young and old. Decay is an erosion of your teeth starting from the enamel on the outside of the tooth which slowly breaks down more and more of the tooth structure. The more severe the decay, the more painful this can be as it can start affecting the inner pulp of the tooth or lead to structural damage including cracks and fractures.
If tooth decay is present in your mouth, the dental professionals at Casa Dental will remove the decay and fill it with a tooth-colored material such as a composite resin or stronger porcelain material.
Cracks or Fractures
Cracks and fractures can occur from injuries, grinding, clenching or severe decay. These can be very painful when biting down or releasing pressure as the jagged edges of the cracked tooth can rub against internal pulp. This agitation can be harmful to the inner pulp. If left untreated, you may require Root Canal Therapy. Crownsor Fillings can treat cracks and fractures.
Infected Tooth Pulp
Infected tooth pulp can cause severe pain. It occurs when the internal tooth root has been damaged beyond repair. Root Canal Therapy removed the infected matter and flushed the area to remove any infection or bacteria and then fills the area with a Filling Material. This will reduce the risk of it occurring again and strengthen the tooth structure.
Root Canal Therapy
If your internal pulp has been damaged beyond repair or an infection has occurred inside the tooth you may require root canal treatment. Root canal therapy removes the damaged pulp and disinfects the areas before filling the canal with a special filling material. This strengthens the tooth and reduces the chances of reinfection.
Sometimes metal fillings can cause cracking and breaking of teeth and cause headaches. White composite fillings are a reliable alternative to metal fillings and can be capped with a porcelain crown to ensure longevity.
Old fashioned metal caps/ crowns can often appear dark and black around the gum line. These crowns can be replaced with the modern non metal crowns to mask the appearance of the dark line. If designed carefully, the modern crowns can appear so natural that it’s hard to spot the difference between and natural tooth and a capped tooth!
Root canal therapy or tooth-coloured fillings
20 minutes to one hour depending on your teeth conditions.
Generally 2-3 weeks start to finish.
Does it Hurt?
Naturally, some dental procedures may cause some discomfort depending on treatment type and individual pain threshold.
We endeavour to ensure you you are as comfortable as possible during treatments and offer sedation options for those fearful of treatment, so you can wake up to your new smile without feeling a thing!