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Top Health Dental provides tooth pain relief to patients throughout Ryde. We know that dental emergencies don’t always keep office hours, and we can assist you with relief from toothache with an emergency appointment.

If a toothache is making you miserable, please contact us for an urgent appointment. In the interim, check out these management tips to keep comfortable.


How To Manage Tooth Pain: Get Tooth Pain Relief

Tooth pain is often described as dull or throbbing, and it is not always just confined to your teeth. Some people find their whole mouths get sore and they develop headaches from the pressure of toothache.

Toothache is usually a sign of a cavity so it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible, to ensure that the root cause of the pain can be treated.


Rinse with salt water

A salt water rinse can provide some relief, and ensure that your mouth is kept clean, which is especially important if you have an infection. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water.

Swish the solution around your mouth, giving the sensitive area the most attention, and then spit it out into the basin.

Make sure you keep your mouth clean by gentle brushing with a soft bristled brush and floss gently around the infected tooth to remove any food particles or debris.


Get temporary pain relief

If tooth pain is keeping you up at night or interfering with your ability to do your day-to-day activities, use an over-the-counter pain medication.

Just remember to ingest the medication and not apply it to your gums, as this can burn your soft tissue. 


Manage swelling and bruising with ice

If your face is swollen you can use an ice pack against the outside of your face to provide relief. Swelling occurs most commonly with trauma to the mouth, and if there is an abscess present. An abscess is a deep infection in the roots of your teeth, and this can spread to your other teeth and through your jaw if it is not managed.


Prop your head up

If you elevate your head above the rest of your body, you can stop blood from rushing to your head, which can make a toothache feel more intense or throbbing.


What Causes Tooth Pain?

The only sure way to know what is causing your toothache is to visit your dentist for a check-up. The most common causes of tooth pain include:

Injury or trauma to your mouth 

If you have been hit by blunt force to the mouth, it can cause tooth pain.


Infection in your sinuses

The drainage from an infected sinus can cause pain in your teeth, because of pressure.

Cavities or tooth decay

Exposed tooth nerves that have been caused by deep cavities can result in pain.


A lost filling

If a filling has come loose, your nerve may be exposed, resulting in a toothache.


An abscess

An abscess is a deep infection at the root of your tooth. It can cause severe pain and swelling in the face.


Gum disease

Gum disease, or diseases of the soft tissue may also result in tooth pain.



Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism typically occurs at night, so most sufferers aren’t aware that they are doing it.

All of the above potential causes of tooth pain require professional treatment in order to be resolved. Treating the root cause will also provide pain relief.


How Do You Know When To See Your Dentist?

Toothache always has a root cause and while the pain may come and go, its underlying cause needs to be identified and treated. You should monitor your tooth pain over the next 12 to 24 hours. You should make an appointment to see your dentist if the pain is very severe, or if it lasts for longer than two days.


When To Seek Emergency Dental Care

If your toothache is accompanied by swelling, a headache or fever, you should call your dentist straight away. Also contact your dentist in the event that you have difficulty swallowing or breathing.


How To Get Relief From Tooth Pain

A combination of pain medication, ice compresses and keeping your head elevated should help you get some sleep while you wait to see your dentist. If the pain gets worse or is not bearable, please get emergency dental care.

Do you need help with tooth pain relief? Early intervention is essential to treat the cause of tooth pain. Our professional team would love to assist you. Please contact our practice for a convenient appointment: (02) 8776 3232.