A toothache typically arises due to various underlying dental issues, the most common of which is dental decay or cavities. When bacteria erode tooth enamel and reach the sensitive inner pulp, it can lead to inflammation and pain. Gum disease, which results from poor oral hygiene, can also cause toothaches as the infection spreads to the tooth’s supporting structures. Other reasons include dental abscesses, cracked or fractured teeth, teeth grinding (bruxism), and exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. If you are experiencing a severe toothache or dental emergency, call (08) 8223 6116.
When bacteria cause inflammation of the gums it is called “gingivitis”. The gums are usually red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be treated with daily brushing, flossing and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
However, when gingivitis is not treated it can progress to “periodontitis” which means inflammation around the tooth. The gums may pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that become infected. The body’s natural response is to fight the bacterial infection as it spreads below the gum line. The combination of the bacterial toxins and the body’s enzymes fighting the infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. Over time the tooth support is destroyed and may lead to the teeth becoming loose, or lost altogether.
The good news is that gum disease can be treated and the progression of the disease can be halted. So if you have bad breath that won’t go away, or red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush, don’t ignore it – make an appointment to see us at Adelaide dental by design.
At Adelaide Dental by Design, we prioritise your dental health and understand the distress that a toothache can cause. Our dedicated team of experienced dentists is committed to providing you with effective and compassionate care to alleviate your discomfort. Here’s how we treat a toothache:
At Adelaide Dental by Design, we are dedicated to helping you regain your oral comfort and overall well-being. Your dental health is our priority, and we are here to provide you with the highest quality care.