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Tooth Pain – How to stop tooth pain fast

Our team of dentists at Bow Lane Dental Group in Central London will always do everything they can to relieve or get you out of tooth pain as quickly as possible. Whether it’s wisdom tooth pain, tooth and jaw pain or even nerve pain, we can help.

Our team of specialists can help you get to the cause of the problem with a dental check-up, which includes detailed X-rays, an 8-point oral cancer screening and much more.

Our London dentists will also go through your medical history and speak to you in detail about your daily habits, to see if any are leading to tooth or jaw pain.

Tooth pain can be caused by:

Toothache and tooth pain can be caused by a number of different things. It could be tooth decay, a dental abscess, a loose or broken filling, a damaged tooth or even an infection.

If you have a toothache that lasts more than two days, you have a swollen jaw or mouth, and pain killers do not ease the pain, please call us on 020 7236 3600.

If you’re calling out of hours and are a registered patient, please call your dentist on the mobile number in your instruction pack or business card you were given when you first visited us.

Get help from our Endodontist

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If you are suffering with nerve pain, our endodontist can help. Sally McCarthy is our specialist endodontist at Bow Lane Dental in London. Your general dentist may find that the cause of your tooth pain is more advanced, and this is where endodontic treatment comes in.

Sally’s advanced technical training allows her to take a gentle approach when managing complex cases; including root resorption, complex anatomy, instrument separation and endodontic surgery. She enjoys making endodontic treatment a comfortable experience, in a pleasant and calm environment.

Tooth pain: Frequently asked questions

How do I treat a toothache at home?

If you can’t get to a dentist, you can do the following:

Rinse mouth with warm saltwater. Saltwater can loosen debris between your teeth and reduce inflammation. Stir some salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly. We recommend ½ teaspoon of salt for best results.

Use a Cold compress. To help reduce swelling and pain, use some ice wrapped in a towel and hold it on the painful area for 20-minutes. Repeat this every few hours for best results.

Pain medications. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce pain and inflammation.

Anti-inflammatories (like Ibuprofen) can help reduce sensitivity from teeth. Combining Paracetamol and Ibuprofen has also been shown to be effective. Remember to speak with a pharmacist or your GP before taking pain medications.

See our video for more detailed help.

What is tooth pain?

Tooth pain, also known as toothache is normally a pain in or around the teeth and jaws. Toothache can come and go, or it can stay there constantly.

What does toothache feel like?

Normally, toothache feels like a sharp pain when you bite down or touch your tooth. It may also feel achy or tender in or around your tooth.

Does tooth pain go away on its own?

Some toothaches that are caused from soreness around the tooth can actually alleviate without a trip to the dentist. Pain from a temporary irritation can be resolved in a few days.

However, if the tooth pain gets more severe or has lasted longer than 2 days, we advise you to call us on 020 7236 3600 to book and emergency appointment.

Can toothache come and go?

Yes. Many patients will find that their tooth pain will come and go in intervals. Sometimes eating or drinking can flare the toothache up, especially if it’s very hot or very cold.

This may be an exposed root, which we can treat simply in one visit. For short term cure try rubbing sensitive toothpaste into the area every night before bed. Remember to rub it gently on the direct area and do not rinse afterwards.

Antiseptic gel such as Orajel can help each the pain too.

Does my wisdom tooth need to be removed?

If you suspect that it is your wisdom tooth that is causing you pain, it is usually due to the inflammation of the gum over the erupting tooth. This can be worsened over time by trauma from biting. Most flare-ups can be managed with good home care over a few days.

This includes excellent cleaning, even if it is painful to brush, the area must be kept as clean as possible to encourage healing. You can also try a soft diet, warm salty mouthwash, painkillers and Corsodyl mouthwash.

How can I prevent toothache?

To prevent toothache, we advise brushing your teeth twice a day, as well as flossing at least once a day. Make sure you attend regular dental check-ups and pop to see your hygienist to keep your gums and overall mouth healthy.

Meet our dental hygienists

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Meet Brooke Shipp, Renate Putrus and Sarah Urquhart, our dental hygienists at Bow Lane Dental Group. Toothache can be caused by a number of factors, including irregular brushing and neglecting your oral hygiene routine.

For example, if you do not brush or floss regularly, you are more susceptible to swollen and inflamed gums and bacteria build-up, which can lead to gum disease. When you have gum disease, you are more likely to have trouble with infections, which can cause toothache.

As well at this, caries (tooth decay) can form from poor oral hygiene, which can lead to very sensitive teeth and tooth pain. The pain can vary, from keeping you awake at night, to the occasional sharp pain.

You may also feel pain and tenderness when eating or drinking. Regardless of the type of pain you are in, we advise you to call us on 020 7236 3600 and get booked in for a check-up. Our team of friendly dentists can get to the bottom of the issue and get you out of pain as quickly as possible.

What should I do if I think I have tooth decay?

If you are worried about your toothache or dental pain and think you may have a cavity, please get in touch with the team for a check-up.

You can take a look at all of our dental services over on our fees page.

We can get you booked in with a dentist for a general check-up, and then have a dental hygienist clean your teeth and talk to you about your oral hygiene routine.

They can then give you a personalised plan to help you improve your mouth and gum health, preventing any future tooth pain or sensitivity, as well as a clean mouth and fresh breath.

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