Common Causes of Toothache and How to get Relief


Experiencing a toothache is never pleasant, and this is one of the main reasons why people visit their dentist. There are different types of toothache and can range from sensitivity, Dull ache to sharp throbbing pain. It can be spontaneous or can be from eating. Toothaches may 

indicate a potential issue in need of attention. Tooth pain should not be ignored, and it is important to visit Central Brunswick Dental Centre at your earliest convenience so that the cause can be identified and treatment can commence. In this blog post we will be sharing some common causes of toothache, typical symptoms and how you can get some pain relief at home. 


What causes toothache?

There are a multitude of potential causes for toothaches. Some of the most common causes of dental pain include:


  • Tooth Decay – lifestyle factors, poor dental hygiene and the ageing process all contribute to the wear/erosion of enamel, which is a protective layer on the teeth. This makes your teeth more susceptible to decay due to the bacteria within plaque and the acids produced following eating/drinking. If decay reaches the pulp, this can result in severe pain.
  • Bacterial infection/tooth abscess – Bacterial infections can cause inflammation and the formation of abscess. 
  • Trauma – if you have recently sustained an injury to the face or mouth, you may have chipped or cracked a tooth and exposed the dental pulp. 
  • Impaction – when teeth struggle to emerge fully from the gums, this can cause gum irritation and pain. 
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding) – those who have a habit of teeth grinding wear down the protective layer of enamel and typically have cracked or chipped teeth. Exposing the weaker, sensitive inner layers of teeth can result in toothache/sensitivity


When to Visit Your Dentist

Toothaches do not go away on their own, and it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to ensure optimal outcomes. Bacterial infection is a common cause of toothache, and if left the problem can become more complicated and expensive. Central Brunswick Dental Centre are your local emergency dentist in Fortitude Valley, and our experienced dentists can perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain. Once the cause has been identified, treatment can commence.


Treatment Options may include:

  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Extractions


Easing the Pain of a Toothache

It’s not always possible to visit the dentist right away, so in the meantime you may wish to try some of the following to relieve the pain and discomfort of toothache.

  • Saltwater gargle – fill a glass with water and add half a teaspoon of salt, then gargle for 10 seconds. This will help to eliminate bacteria in the mouth.
  • Panadol/Ibuprofen – over the counter pain relief may be used to ease pain. Use only as directed. 
  • Ice pack – you can apply an ice pack to the cheek nearest to the affected tooth, which will help to numb pain. 
  • Clove oil – dip a small piece of cotton ball in clove oil and place it on the affected area or chewing the whole clove in order to release its oil and keeping it in place for about 30 minutes until the pain recedes.


Experiencing Toothache? Book an Appointment at CB Dental Centre Today

It is important to address your symptoms as early as possible to avoid serious oral and general health issues. The best way to prevent toothache is to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for a check-up.

If it has been a while since your last check-up, or if you are experiencing toothache, please call Central Brunswick Dental Centre now on (07) 3216 1100. We look forward to seeing you soon.