23 Oct Don’t ignore a toothache
That toothache just got a whole lot worse, and now you are waking up in great pain. Whereas you could get through the day without giving it too much thought yesterday, you’ve had this toothache for more than 2 days, and now it feels like a severe throbbing ache and the pain is going up through your jaw into your ear and down into your neck. It’s time to get yourself to the emergency dentist in Southgate.
Ringing for an appointment
Ring the emergency dentist in Southgate as early in the day as you can. That way, here at Dental Beauty Southgate, we have more chance of being able to book you in for later in the day, and you won’t have to go through another night of barely sleeping because the pain is so bad.
What to do in the meantime:
- Get out the thermometer and check to see if you have a temperature
- Take some painkillers, if you haven’t already
- Try using warm saltwater to rinse out your mouth
- Only eat soft foods like yoghurt so you don’t have to chew
- Avoid smoking as it can increase some dental problems.
What to expect at your emergency appointment
The emergency dentist in Southgate will make getting you out of pain their first priority. Once you are numb, the dentist will clean the area and take a look to see what is causing the toothache.
If your tooth is infected and there is a collection of pus, then it is important to drain the pus away. This may involve making a small incision in order to drain the pus. The dentist then has to remove the source of the infection. If left, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the jawbone. The dentist may need to remove the tooth, but if this is not necessary, then they may just have to clean out the infection from inside the tooth. Tooth infections are often in the root of the tooth, so the dentist will remove the pulp and then fill and seal the tooth with a crown. This treatment is called root canal therapy.