Painful Teeth? It’s Time for a Visit to your Dentist

Why dental pain should be treated as soon as possible.

Even those of us who go to great lengths to look after our teeth may well have experienced dental pain at some point in our lives. By regular brushing and flossing, along with dental visits though, the chances of this occurring are greatly reduced. Pain though has a ‘funny’ way of striking unexpectedly and can be anything from a niggling pain to excruciating where the pain seems to take over our whole being and we just can’t focus on anything else. As we know from the feedback of patients who come for emergency visits to our Burton dentist, toothache is a prime example of this.

One thing that is for sure though, is that dental pain should not be ignored. It will almost certainly not go away of its own accord and typically only gets worse. Even those who are afraid of visiting the dentist should realise that early treatment will almost certainly mean a less invasive procedure than if the problem is left to advance.

What to do

The first step to take when you have a toothache is to give Mike Allen’s Dental Practice a call. If you are in pain, we will do all that we can to see you the same day. Please do not delay the call though as the earlier you call us, the more likely it is that we will be able to find an appointment for you the same day.

If the pain occurs when our Burton on Trent dental practice is closed, you will hear a message instructing you about how to get urgent dental care via the South Staffordshire Emergency Dental Service, of which our practice is a member.

Once you have taken this step, the next thing to do, quite naturally, is to relieve the pain until the time of your visit.

Pain management options

How you manage the pain may depend on its type and degree. If the tooth has broken due to a blow to the face, perhaps during sport, then an ice pack applied to the area should help to relieve the pain and reduce any swelling. There are also a number of good over the counter painkillers available and your local chemist should be able to advise you of the most suitable.

For those who prefer not to take medication, a natural alternative is to apply clove oil to the affected area. This acts by numbing the area but does need to be repeated frequently as its effects are not long lasting.

Keeping appointments

Whilst we will do all that we can to treat you on the same day when pain occurs; as we indicated earlier, the majority of dental pain is preventable with good care and an important part of this is to ensure that regular visits to our local dental practice are maintained.

Sometimes cancelled appointments are unavoidable, such as through illness. Unfortunately not all of these cancelled appointments are rescheduled by the patient and it is easy to let dental appointments slip, especially if you consider your teeth to be healthy and are in no pain.

Leaving long gaps between appointments though, is likely to see minor issues such as small areas of gingivitis, that could otherwise have easily been treated, turn into major issues that need more complex treatment. In the case of gingivitis; left unchecked, this may advance to the more serious gum disease, periodontitis, which attacks not only the teeth but the bone that holds them in place too.

If you have missed an appointment for a check up or have not made one for a while, please contact Mike Allen’s Dental Practice in Burton as soon as possible and we will arrange an appointment to see you.