A toothache can generally (but not always) be diagnosed from the symptoms. Listed below are the five most common types of toothache. If you recognise your symptoms get to us as soon as possible. If you don’t recognise your symptoms, get to us as soon as possible! DO NOT PLACE AN ASPIRIN AGAINST THE TOOTH. This will cause burns to the gum and will not be effective in relieving the toothache.
Tooth tender to touch, pain kept you awake last night, hot drinks make the pain worse but cold drinks make it better: This is an abscess. You need this tooth treated as soon as possible. It will not get better by itself. For pain take Nurofen (if you are not allergic to aspirin), Panadol or Panadeine.
Tooth will ache for no reason, possibly in waves. Pain is severe but then passes. This is probably an abscess starting. This tooth should be treated as soon as possible. It will not get better by itself. For pain take Nurofen (if you are not allergic to aspirin), Panadol or Panadeine.
Tooth hurts when chewing hard things. Pain comes quickly and goes quickly. There is no pain at other times. This is most likely a cracked tooth or filling. This is not urgent if you avoid biting on the tooth but should be looked at in the near future.
Tooth hurts when eating or drinking sweet things. This is most likely a hole. This is not urgent but should be looked at as soon as possible.
Tooth sensitive to cold drinks. This can be any one of a number of things including new dental work, decay, cracked teeth, clenching and grinding. This is not urgent but should be looked at as soon as possible.
KNOCKED OUT TOOTH?
Is it a First Tooth?
(child 0-5 years)
If yes and the tooth is completely knocked out then there is no treatment.
If yes and the tooth is out of position see us as soon as possible.
Is it a Second Tooth?
If yes and the tooth is out of position, see us as soon as possible.
If yes and the tooth is completely knocked out, do the following:
a) If the tooth is clean, put it straight back into the hole it came out of. Avoid touching the root. If done quickly it will go back in easily. Make sure it is around the right way. Have the patient hold the tooth in place with their finger or by biting gently on a handkerchief. Get to see us as soon as possible.
b) If the tooth is dirty in order of preference: (1) rinse in milk or (2) rinse in cold running water for 1 to 2 seconds or (3) have the patient suck the tooth clean. DO NOT touch the root or try to clean the root any other way. Put the tooth back in. Hold in place as above.
c) If you can’t put the tooth back in then it must be kept moist while you get to us. Cover the tooth with milk or wrap in “Glad Wrap”. If neither is available the tooth can be kept moist in the patient’s mouth (in the pouch of the cheek). If none of this is possible use water.
d) Call us at 07 3888 9125 or get to a dentist as soon as possible.
If the tooth is broken as a result of an accident then try to find the broken piece and get to us as soon as possible. Broken pieces can sometimes be reattached.
If the tooth is broken during normal chewing then it is most likely the result of decay or a crack in the tooth. Bring the piece along if possible but it is unlikely it will be reattached.
If your face becomes swollen following a toothache it generally means you have an abscessed tooth. This needs to be treated by us as soon as possible.
For pain, take Nurofen (if you are not allergic to aspirin), Panadol or Panadeine. Avoid taking aspirin.