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Pain Management

Emergency Dental Care

If you have toothache for longer than one or two days, you should see us as soon as possible to have it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

If your toothache is not treated, the pulp inside your tooth will eventually become infected. This usually leads to a dental abscess forming, which can cause severe and continuous pain.

Toothache happens when the innermost layer of the tooth called the dental pulp becomes inflamed.

The pulp can become diseased because of:

  • tooth decay that leads to cavities (holes) forming in the hard surface of the tooth
  • a cracked tooth - cracks are often so small that it can't be seen with the naked eye
  • loose or broken fillings
  • receding gums - where the gums shrink away from the tooth to expose softer, more sensitive parts of the tooth root called cementum
  • periapical abcess - a collection of pus at the end of the tooth caused by bacterial infection
  • fractured tooth from trauma - which damages or exposes the pulpal tissue

There are a number of other conditions that can cause pain similar to toothache, even though the pulp is not affected. These include:

  • periodontal abscess - a collection of pus in the gums caused by bacterial infection
  • ulcers on your gums
  • sore or swollen gums around a tooth that is breaking through, such as your wisdom tooth
  • sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses)
  • an injury to the joint that attaches the jaw to the skull (tempromandibualr joint)

We will attend to your dental emergency immediately.

Call us on (08) 95 627 699