Toothache can range from annoying sensitivity to throbbing pain that interferes with eating, sleeping and general day to day activities. Pain like this can also radiate to other areas such as the temple, head, neck, and jaw. Severe dental pain such as this may indicate that you have a cavity or even that root canal therapy or extraction is required. It is important to make an appointment with a dentist at the earliest sign of toothache for assessment and treatment.
Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet stimulus may be a sign of decay, a cavity, broken fillings or inflammation of the dental pulp and requires immediate attention from a dental professional. If left unchecked, the processes that cause sensitivity can lead to infection of the dental pulp and the need for treatment such as root canal therapy or extraction.
If you are experiencing either transient or lingering sensitivity contact the clinic to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Sensitivity may also be a sign of gum recession. There are many causes of gum recession. Over-vigorous brushing with a toothbrush can wear away the gums (and teeth) so it is important to ensure that you always use a soft toothbrush with the correct movements and technique for optimal removal of plaque but protecting the teeth and gums. Sensitivity due to gum recession may be treated with desensitising medications or may require a small filling to cover the sensitive areas.
Another cause of gum recession is gum disease (link to bleeding gums). Gum disease can occur without noticeable symptoms, however if you experience food getting trapped or notice spaces opening up between your teeth or loose teeth it is important to schedule a visit to your dentist for assessment and treatment as soon as possible.