Dentist in Balham, London

40 Balham High Road
Balham, London SW12 9AQ

Telephone: 0208 675 7307

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TELL ME ABOUT > Tips on Pain Control

Have you just had some dental treatment?

  • I have just had an Amalgam (Silver) Filling - The tooth can ache for up to forty-eight hours, especially if it was large. In this time it is also possible to have sensitivity from hot and cold. If the tooth feels tender upon biting, it is possible that the filling is proud and needs smoothing down.

  • I have just had a Composite (White) Filling - The same problems as above can occur. In the past, sensitivity was a greater problem with large composite fillings. Although this is getting better, some treatments are still prone to this problem.

If the problems have not settled in forty-eight hours, please contact the dentist for advice over the phone.


The edge is sharp and is rubbing against the tongue

Place a soft material e.g. sugar-free chewing gum, cotton wool etc. to act as a cushion. Refrain from using nail files to smooth off the sharp edges in case you pierce the tongue or lip.


The tooth has now become sensitive to hot or cold
The sensitive part of the tooth (Dentine) has become exposed. It reacts to hot and cold. It usually does not get worse. Do not be concerned; tooth decay will not undermine the tooth in the short term. Avoid hot and cold until the Dentist can see you. It is sometimes possible to get temporary filling material from the chemist. Follow the instructions carefully. When making an appointment, mention that you have a broken filling/tooth that is sensitive.


Food keeps getting stuck between the teeth
Do not leave the compacted food between the teeth and pressing against the gums. It can become very painful. Keep the area clean with floss and wood sticks after each meal


I have a deep continuous ache OR I have throbbing pain from a tooth
Both can be caused by damage and swelling of the nerves in the middle of the tooth (Pulp). Take painkillers and make an appointment to see the dentist. In the old days, the use of clove oil in an existing large cavity helped. Clove oil is strong and has been known to “burn” the gums.

Antibiotics will not help at this early stage of toothache.

Please note: After a few days the pain can subside. This is because the tooth has “died”. An abscess can gradually form. It is advisable to seek a Dental opinion even though the pain has apparently subsided.


I have a very tender tooth and my face is swelling
This is a sign that an abscess may be forming. It needs to be treated by a Dentist who will remove the source of the infection and possibly prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics will not “cure” the problem.


I have had a very sharp, shooting pain from a tooth while chewing
Sometime the force of the bite can be accidentally directed onto one tooth only. This is very painful and can leave the tooth very tender to bite on for a few days. The tooth will also ache and be sensitive to hot and cold during this time. A bruising of the bone under the tooth causes this. The tooth should be avoided and will heal with time.

If there is a sharp, shooting pain when chewing on the tooth, it is possible that there is a “crack” in the tooth. This is not uncommon on filled teeth. A dentist needs to be consulted.






 
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