Helping to overcome toothache and other dental pains
Although pain is usually a warning sign that something is wrong, for many of us, it is fortunately short lived and goes away without us thinking any more about it. However, as anyone who has suffered it will know, dental pain tends not to go away but often remains, nagging away at us day in and day out.
It may be a surprise to know that that just under a third of the UK population claims to suffer some level of dental pain on a regular basis. Even at a lowish level of pain where it simply nags throughout the day, there is still a major effect on people’s lives, their ability to think clearly and to enjoy a full social life.
Fear of the Dentist
Perhaps for some of these people, the main reason for simply putting up with the pain is that they are afraid of visiting the dentist. This may well hark back to when they were younger, but dentistry has changed over the years and dental practices are certainly not places to be feared.
At our Harley Street practice, we practise minimally invasive dentistry which means that we will do no more than is necessary to correct the problem which helps to keep any procedures as simple and stress free as is possible. More nervous patients may also consider medication to help them face their fears in order to gain relief from their dental pain.
Causes of Dental Pain
There can be a number of likely causes of dental pain, ranging from those caused by accidents such as breakage of a tooth to problems which may well have been simmering for some time, especially if the patient has avoided regular check ups.
One of the most common causes of pain is of course tooth decay which may lead to an infection of the root of the teeth. This can cause intense pain and although antibiotics may be used to clear up the infection, it is likely to recur unless the cause of it is treated. In some cases, a simple filling may be necessary but once the inner pulp of the tooth has become infected, root canal treatment is likely to be needed.
Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can also prove to be very painful and if not removed, can also cause problems for the remaining natural teeth, causing them to become uneven and crooked. Wisdom teeth problems generally occur in late teens and early twenties and can be removed in our West London practice.
Prevention is better than Cure
Whilst these dental procedures, and others that we can provide, may give relief from long standing dental pain, it is far better to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Although no one can predict accidents, most causes of dental pain can be avoided by simply taking good care of your teeth with regular flossing and brushing and by ensuring that you visit a dentist on a regular basis. This way, any problems that do occur can be treated at an early stage before becoming a more significant issue.Google+