Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Due to the unfolding situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) Village Dental Practice is now closed as advised by NHS England.
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For queries regarding your orthodontic treatment (braces and retainers) please see our FAQs.
Help & Advice For Our Patients
Pain from teeth
Decay is a bacterial infection of a tooth. If the bacteria gets close to the nerve in a tooth, it can cause the tooth to be acutely sensitive. As the infection causing inflammation of the nerve gets worse, the ligaments holding the tooth in position can also get inflamed which causes pain on biting.
If there is a cavity in the tooth, a temporary filling material can be packed in to this space. These temporary filling kits are widely available from supermarkets, pharmacies and Amazon.
Anti-inflammatory tablets (NSAIDs) can reduce the sensitivity. A combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol has been found to be beneficial if you can take them both - however, there are some reports that Ibuprofen may increase the symptoms of COVID-19 so Paracetamol alone is probably best if you have symptoms. Make sure you do not exceed the recommended dosage
Desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne repair and protect or Colgate sensitive pro relief can help
Anaesthetic gel such as Orajel applied to the area can help to numb the pain.
Clove Oil - This essential oil can be found in health food stores and you can apply it onto the painful tooth with a cotton bud. This works well if there is an exposed nerve due to deep decay but for it to work you need to place it onto the exposed nerve.
Keep your head elevated at night time - When you lie down to go to sleep, the blood pressure in the tooth can increase which increases pain. An extra pillow at night time can help.
Keep the area cold - reducing blood flow to an area will reduce the inflammation and pain. Do not apply ice directly to a tooth as this can increase the pain as toothaches are quite sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
If there is an infection - a swelling next to the tooth or pus discharging;
Rinse your mouth with warm salty mouthwash to try and draw out the infection into your mouth. Dissolve a spoonful of sea salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth/ hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times until the pain subsides.
Never put heat externally on your face as this can draw the infection into the tissues in your face causing external swellings.
Pain from gums
If there is bacteria or food debris trapped between the gum and the tooth, this can cause pain.
Thoroughly clean the area with floss or a tepe interdental brush. Apply Corsodyl gel or toothpaste onto the brush to help clean the area.
Pain from ulcers
Mouth ulcers can be a sign of underlying medical conditions such as iron deficiency so should not be ignored. Any mouth ulcer which does not heal in two weeks should be checked by a dentist.
To reduce the discomfort, you can try a topical anaesthetic gel such as Orajel or rinsing with chlorhexidine mouthwash.
If a tooth or filling has chipped or cracked, this can cause sensitivity from the tooth being exposed or pain to your tongue from sharp edges.
The sensitivity can be reduced by rubbing a de-sensitising toothpaste onto the tooth or placing a temporary filling material over the broken corner until a more definitive filling can be placed.