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A Severe Toothache: An Emergency Case

If you are suffering from a toothache, it is important to know the reason for your discomfort so that you can find the best way to relieve pain, swelling, or other symptoms. Rinsing the mouth with saltwater and placing cold compresses can usually relieve minor pain. Still, more severe toothache may require a quick visit to an emergency dentist to prevent further complications.

Cause Of Toothache

The following factors may cause a toothache:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth abscess
  • Tooth fracture
  • Repetitive movements such as tooth grinding or chewing gum
  • Infected gums

You have to visit your emergency dentist if your symptoms persist for more than a day or two. The emergency dentist can provide some tips on how to relieve toothache and prevent pain in the future. You should also consult with your emergency dentist before taking any medications if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any herbal illnesses.

When the patients visit the emergency dentist with these symptoms, the emergency dentist offers different emergency treatments depending on the condition of the person and the tooth, including the following:

  • Remove caries and check the condition of the teeth in the coming days and weeks
  • Emergency root canal treatment (endodontics) and tooth restoration
  • Emergency treatment of the root and placing the crown on it

Visiting The Emergency Dentist

If your toothache is severe or the result of a more serious illness, you should visit the emergency dentist so that you can have it treated properly. Many toothaches require medical attention. An over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen can ease your pain until you get to the emergency dentist. You should also visit your emergency dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Tooth pain that lasts more than one day or two
  • Swelling
  • Pain while biting
  • Abnormally red gums
  • Unwanted discharge or pus

Things Not To Do To Relieve A Toothache

  • Do not put aspirin on your teeth. If you want to feel better, drink it with water. Putting it on the gums can burn it, which takes 3 to 4 days to heal.
  • Do not use heat to relieve toothache, as it makes it worse.

Emergency Tooth Extraction

Please note that if you have a toothache, you should not take antibiotics that are not prescribed by the emergency dentist. It is worth knowing that the cause of toothache is the invasion and spread of germs to the tooth tissue, where antibiotics cannot penetrate to exert their antimicrobial effect. Therefore, the definitive treatment is to remove the microbial load from the tooth tissue using the appropriate method by the emergency dentist.

What Does The Emergency Root Canal Therapy Mean?

If the infection spreads into the tooth, antibiotics will not be able to cure it, and the germs must be physically removed from the mouth and filled with a suitable substance by the emergency dentist. This process is called emergency root canal therapy or endodontics.

What Happens At My First Glow Dental Orthodontist Appointment?

If you want to have your teeth straightened then visiting our orthodontist isn’t a very stressful event, so you don’t need to worry that you will experience any painful dental procedures.

Our orthodontic dentist will give you a thorough oral examination and ask you some health-related questions to make sure that you will be suitable for orthodontic treatment. Our staff are here at all times to help you, so should you have any questions or need to know more about the treatment options open to you, you only need to ask!

You also needn’t be embarrassed about wearing braces to straighten your teeth. It’s not just children that wear braces these days – thousands of adults also want to have straight teeth and a bright smile, so wearing braces as an adult is more common than you might think.

Your first appointment

You will be introduced to your orthodontist and after an oral examination, a set of photographs and x-rays will be taken so your dentist can properly assess your oral health. You will then be told what treatment is actually needed to straighten your teeth and your best options for getting the results you want.

You can then decide if you want to go ahead with treatment and choose the option that most appeals to you. Your orthodontist will then take an impression of your teeth that will help them to build your treatment plan. Once your treatment plan is worked out you will know what it will cost, what will be involved in your treatment and how long it will roughly take to straighten your teeth.

What happens next?

Once you have had your initial appointment with our orthodontic dentist and you have decided on your treatment plan, you will then make a new appointment to get your chosen teeth straightening appliances fitted.

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Your dentist or dental hygienist will explain how to take good care of your appliances and how to keep up a healthy oral hygiene routine to help keep your teeth and gums in the best of health while your straightening treatment is working.

Further appointments

As your treatment continues, you will need to make regular appointments with our orthodontist to check your progress and to make any necessary adjustments needed to ensure your teeth straightening stays on track.

Your dentist will recommend how often you need to book a check-up and will also make sure at each check-up that your teeth and gums stay in a healthy condition as your treatment continues.

If needed, your orthodontist or dental hygienist will review your oral hygiene routine to make suggested changes or give advice about brushing and flossing while wearing your device.

Our staff at Glow Dental want you to feel as secure, comfortable and as confident as possible throughout your orthodontic treatment. This is why we are there for you every step of the way with our help and advice when you need it!

Why not book an appointment today with our orthodontist for an examination and to discuss your teeth straightening options. Our staff are here at Glow Dental and you can find us at 87 Northcote Road, Battersea, London SW11 6PL. You can call in for a chat in person or to make an appointment if you want to take a look at our practice and meet our staff!