Common Dental Symptoms
Although toothache is said to be the worst pain you may experience, people often put off dealing with dental problems until they get to the stage, pain is unbearable.
Our symptom checker is here just to give you a quick overview of many common ailments and tips on how to manage your dental emergency.
My gums bleed.
Bleeding gums indicates the gums are not happy. If you find that after brushing, bleeding occurs the first thing that comes to mind is to stop. If you see this in your sink, persevere and clean more vigerously.
In many instances, swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. But there are a number of other factors that could be causing your gum problems. Whatever the cause of your sore, painful gums, there are steps you can take to minimise gum damage and discomfort
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, it is believed that most people suffer from a form of gum disease called gingivitis, and that gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. It is a disease that progresses slowly and with proper treatment and maintaining good oral health, it can be slowed down to a rate which means that you should be able to keep from losing your teeth, most of your life. If the disease progresses to periodontitis, a much more serious form of gum disease, then tooth loss is a possible consequence.
I have tooth ache.
Toothache usually refers to pain around the jaws or teeth. Most commonly, toothaches are caused by tooth or jaw problems, such as a dental cavity, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, Jaw joint function (temporo- mandibular joint), or spasms of the muscles used for chewing.
The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. Pain may be aggravated by chewing or by changes in temperature.
Q. What pain relief is best for toothache?
A. The best over-the-counter painkillers for toothache are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short. These include ibuprofen, also sold under many brand names.
Do not take these if you have asthma and always read the label for contraindications! (check with the phamasist before purchase)
Paracetamol is also pretty good for dental pain. Some people have reported that Paracetamol with Codeine has worked for them when other pain medications didn’t. However, dental pain often comes from inflammation and pressure on various tissues and nerves of the face. NSAIDs can be better for dental pain because they are both pain relievers and good anti-inflammatories. It can be very dangerous to take too much paracetamol.
Note: Never put any painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
For contraindications, side-effects and maximum doses, always read the label!
If you have any discomfort and are a member of the practice, please contact the practice as reasonably possible during practice hours, if out of hours contact the emergency helpline following the steps above.
My wisdom tooth hurts.
If part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and perhaps swollen. Food particles and bacteria can collect under the gum edge, and it will be difficult to clean the area effectively. This is known as pericoronitis.
This is a temporary problem that can be dealt with by using mouthwashes and special cleaning methods and possibly antibiotics. If the problem keeps coming back, it may be better to have the tooth removed. If your pain is severe and you require an emergency appointment, please contact us to arrange a visit.
I have broken my tooth
For many, a broken tooth is indeed far more serious than it looks. It’s a condition that can actually have pretty devastating long term poor prognosis if not repaired, as while on the outside, it might seem like ‘just’ a broken tooth, it’s actually a great deal more.
If you have broken a tooth get it looked at as soon as possible because of the fact that eventually, the tooth might become highly uncomfortable when exposed to saliva, air, as well as hot and cold foods. The important thing to remember is that if the tooth is broken, more may fracture off leaving us limited options to restore back for you.
If you experience any pain, please contact us as soon as reasonably practical where we can facilitate an appointment for you.
I have bad breath.
Bad breath (called halitosis) is a common problem for everyone.
Bad breath has a variety of causes, including:
- Bacterial infections
- Medications and medical conditions
- Poor hygiene
In most cases, bad breath comes from the gums and tongue. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, not only leave lasting odors in your mouth, but are also absorbed into the bloodstream. The odors are then expelled from the lungs. Until these foods are eliminated from the body, mouthwash, chewing gum, and toothpaste can only mask the odors on the breath.
For some people suffering from dry mouth can also be a factor. Dry mouth can result from taking antihistamines for allergies or a cold, or from antidepressants. It can also result from localized infections, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbances, or liver or kidney ailments and of course getting older.
But most bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene. Basically not brushing for the length of time, infrequent brushing and not cleaning interproximally.
How to combat bad breath
Firstly as mentioned above, oral hygiene is a must. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, using mouth rinses and staying away from the foods above.
Secondly, if you know your oral hygiene is impeccable, it could probably be a cause of a systemic issue. Either an underlying illness, medications and health statue at present.
Hot and cold temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract. Over time, your teeth can develop microscopic cracks that allow these sensations to seep through to the nerves. Exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and even affect or change your eating, drinking and breathing habits. Taking a spoonful of ice cream, for example, can be a painful experience for people with sensitive teeth.
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days, and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, we always recommend it best to get a diagnostic evaluation from us to determine the extent of the problem. Before taking the situation into your own hands, an accurate diagnosis of tooth sensitivity is essential for effective treatment to eliminate pain. Because pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that a tooth is sensitive, when instead, they actually have a cavity or abscess that’s not yet visible!
You may need antibiotics to prevent the infection from getting worse and spreading. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that are causing the swelling, tissue damage and infection and therefore help to relieve pain as well. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, please call us so we can manage your condition accordingly.