Articles on toothache

Your Emergency Guide For Toothache

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve had 3 Crocins but your heads still blasting and your cheek feels like it’s going to blow up! Nothing seems to control this severe throbbing, mind numbing pain. How many of us have found ourselves in this situation where we are stranded without help and wish we had not ignored that nagging toothache?If you don’t want to live with the looming fear of a tooth ache, the best prevention is a dental visit, but for the weak-hearted there is always hope.Dental pain or Toothaches can arise without reason and cripple you at any point whether in the middle of the night, in a different country, in transit or in a position where dental care is not accessible immediately.So here are a few quick tips to ensure that you keep that dental pain away!Take down your list of dental must haves for those bad Toothaches:Pain medication – The first thing that will strike you when your teeth are aching is to pop in a pain killer, although its important to use one which is more specific to teeth. While Paracetamol is the popular drug of choice we recommend you stock up on Diclofenac derivatives more targeted to toothache,ensuring that there’s no allergy for this medication is something that must be done.Clove oil –  An effective home remedy take a ear bud dipped in clove oil to ease off the pain on any open cavity where the nerve is exposed.It also works very well on those stubborn wisdom teeth.Ice pack-In case of trauma to the teeth, lips or face or if a swelling or bleed is seen placing an ice pack on your cheek is something that will not only ease off the pain but will also reduce the swelling.Salt rinses- If all else fails and all you have is a bit of salt then just put it in a glass of luke warm water and gargle with it to allay active gum infections.Gumex gum paint- A common astringent paint is a harmless alternative to reduce bleeding on gums after which a dental clean up can be instituted.Dental Floss- Tooth ache is often triggered by the lodging of food in open cavities between teeth. To stop this immediate trigger use a dental floss and remove the particle for instant relief.Sensitivity tooth pastes-  Acute sensitivity to extremes of temperature can be reduced temporarily by scrubbing in sensitive tooth paste and leaving it on the tooth for a few minutes rather than brushing and rinsing immediately.Needless to say a Dental check up every 6 months is the best method of preventing an emergency and to curb the problem in its nascent stages.My advise would be don’t ignore your teething troubles but if you do then we are still there for you, making sure you have what you need when you have those unexpected aches!

Quick Home Remedies for Toothache

Dr. Mehul Chawla, Dentist
Toothache is said to be the most grievous of all the pains as experienced by most of the people. The basic reason behind the tooth ache is ignoring the dental health from long time. A person only pays attention towards the oral health only after he/she experiences pain. We strongly recommend a routine dental check-up every six months, so that the rising problem can be seen and cured before getting it worse.Though there is no permanent at home cure for toothache, but below are a few which may help you to get a temporary relief so that you have an ample time to rush to a dentist.1. Clove and Clove oil: Due to the presence of anesthetic, anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties of clove makes it the first choice for the temporary relief all over the world. Just put a clove or a cotton pellet dipped in clove oil on the affected area to get relief.2. Salt & Pepper: Not many people know that the ingredients on their desk may help them to get a relief in emergency. Salt & Pepper have anti inflammatory and analgesic properties which help to get a temporary relief. Just mix a pinch of salt and pepper in a drop of water to make a paste and apply that paste on the affected area.3. Warm saline rinses: This is not immediate, but very effective, just add a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and rinse to get a relief.4. Asafoetida (HING): To get a quick relief add a pinch of asafoetida (HING) in a teaspoon of lemon juice and microwave for 20-30 seconds. Put the solution on a small cotton pellet and apply that cotton pellet on the affected area.5. Basil (TULSI) leaf extract: Basil (TULSI) can be found in every house of India. Basil leaves are full of anti bacterial, anti inflammatory & analgesic properties which help in significantly reducing the toothache.6. Guava leaf: Fresh guava leaf can be chewed for quick relief. Fresh guava leaves have anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.7. Peppermint: Peppermint has a nice flavor and numbing power which helps in temporary pain relief. Putting peppermint leaf extract on the affected area may numb the area to provide relief for some time.8. Neem leaf extract: Neem leaves have anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and analgesic properties which help in relieving dental pain.

Truth About Wisdom Tooth

Dr. Revath Vyas Devulapalli, Dentist
MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT WISDOM TOOTHWhen people talk about excruciating pain from natural causes, probably top of the list would be child birth. Depending on the person and their medical history, passing a kidney stone, suffering from an intense migraine, or severe back pain may also make it into their personal top three. Another cause of extreme pain however, which many of us are unfortunately able to relate to, is the agonizing toothache associated with wisdom teeth problem. If you’ve never suffered the agony of wisdom teeth, you may be one of the evolutionary lucky ones. Let us see various Myths and facts regarding this wisdom teethWhat are our wisdom teeth?Our wisdom teeth are our “third molars” Why are they called wisdom teeth? As the teeth don’t emerge until a person is in their late teens/early twenties, they appear at a time (18-25 years) when a person is wiser than when they were younger.Why Do they Cause Us Problems?Our human ancestors had four sets of three molars. This gave us a total of 12 ‘grinding teeth’ – six in the upper jaw and six in the lower jaw. We used these molars to help chew and grind food. We humans underwent a period in which our brains greatly expanded in size. This created an architectural problem; with a much larger brain case, the jaw had to become narrower so that it could still connect to the lower part of the skull.  And over the course of thousands of years, this has led to a mismatch. Today the human jaw is no longer large enough, in many cases, to give wisdom teeth room to erupt through the gums and sit properly in the mouth. This resulted in several problems like food impaction between partially erupted third molar and gum covering the tooth, resulting in infection and inflammation of that area, halitosis/ bad breath, decay of third molars and some times even decay or resorption of second molars. Because of insufficient space, it may also cause incisal crowding. Upper third molar malposition has also its role in temporo mandibular disorders.Do Wisdom teeth must always be removed?More that 60% of wisdom teeth removals are not needed. Wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they are fully or partially impacted under the gum, or if they will cause damage to surrounding teeth, jawbone or nerves.Is it better to remove wisdom teeth when you’re young?Many dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed before they begin to cause problems. Removal is easier in younger people because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed and the bone is less dense. For older people, recovery time and healing may take longer.Is it better to remove wisdom teeth before orthodontic work?The eruption of wisdom teeth may cause other teeth to move, but some studies show this is rare.Is it very painful to undergo wisdom tooth extraction?Not always. Most of the cases, the procedure will be painless. But you may have post operative pain, discomfort and swelling, which subsides by using medication.

Top 10 Reasons for Toothaches

Dr. Rohit Nagar, Dentist
Patient Education: Toothaches will make anyone feel miserable. The drive to figure out what’s causing you or a loved one pain is completely understandable, which is why we made this list.Below you can read through the top ten most common reasons for toothaches so that you can identify what might be wrong, and what your best course of action might be.10. Orthodontic AlignmentBraces, retainers, and other dental alignment systems are a common cause for oral discomfort and aching pain among teeth. Pain is usually fairly noticeable right after adjustments which tighten or move teeth, but typically subsides after a few days. If the pain is still extremely uncomfortable and persisting, discuss with your orthodontist about readjusting your orthodontic appliance so that it does not interfere with your daily life.9. Misaligned Teeth or Impacted Wisdom TeethTeeth that are misaligned can press against others, pushing them out of line as well, resulting in aches and pains. Impacted wisdom teeth, also known as wisdom teeth that have failed to break through the gum line, can also be extremely painful as they fester below the gum line and sometimes push against other teeth. These issues should be brought to the attention of your dentist, if they haven’t been addressed yet.For misaligned teeth, an orthodontic solution will likely be proposed, such as braces, and surgery will be needed to fix impacted wisdom teeth.8. Improper Brushing or FlossingVery often people do not pay attention to the pressure they are using when they brush and floss their teeth and end up pressing much too hard. This results in irritated, inflamed, and bleeding gums. If extreme pressure like this is constantly used, it can cause gums to recede and can make teeth unstable, resulting in more pain. Consult your dentist about proper brushing techniques and be sure to only use soft bristled toothbrushes.7. Teeth GrindingTeeth grinding, or bruxism, is a very common reason for tooth, jaw, neck, and related muscle pain. People who grind their teeth generally do so while they’re sleeping or during stressful situations. Excessive teeth grinding involves violently clenching the jaw and grinding the top and bottom teeth back and forth against each other.This can result in sore jaw bones and joints, headaches, and even cracked or chipped teeth, all of which are very painful. The best course of action to treat bruxism is to have a custom mouth guard made that is worn while sleeping to relieve the stress put on teeth and the jaw.6. Damaged Fillings or Dental SealantsDental fillings that cover deep pits, grooves, or fractures in teeth often protect vulnerable parts of the tooth. When these protectants are damaged, the sensitive parts of teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures, food particles, and bacteria. This can result in a pain that is anything from a dull ache to a sharp, piercing sensation. If you have a damaged filling or sealant, be sure to book an emergency appointment with your dentist to have it fixed before the vulnerable parts of your tooth suffer further damage or decay.5. Temperature SensitivityIf you are experiencing sharp tooth pain during, or very soon after, eating or drinking something that is cold or hot, this is typically associated with tooth sensitivity. This can mean that your tooth enamel has worn down and your tooth’s dentin (the layer where the tooth’s nerves lie) is exposed, or can be a result of recent teeth whitening. To help protect these nerves and shelter them from extreme temperatures, try a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Consult your dentist for recommendations and further treatment options.4. Tooth FracturesTeeth can be cracked or chipped in many different ways, whether it’s through a fall, playing sports, or biting down on something hard or sticky. If you are feeling pain in a fractured tooth,that means that the fracture has made its way to the middle of the tooth where the nerve endings are and can result in excruciating pain.This may not happen as soon as the tooth is chipped or damaged, but can develop over time as the tooth damage worsens. This is why all fractures and chips should be attended to by your dentist as soon as possible and before they have the chance to worsen.3. Gum DiseaseGum disease is characterized by a dull pain in the mouth, red, bleeding gums, and also sometimes tooth pain. A common cause of this is the oral bone and gums becoming inflamed. If left untreated, teeth, gums, and bones could be damaged or lost, and surgical measures may have to be taken to rid the mouth of infection.2. Tooth AbscessWhen tooth decay advances to the point of affecting the root beneath the visible tooth there is a high chance that the root and the surrounding tissue have become infected. This will result in a widespread pulsating pain that may make it hard to determine which exact tooth is the culprit of the pain. This is a very serious issue and needs to be professionally dealt with as soon as possible as it can result in bone and tissue loss. Which, obviously, is no fun at all. And are you ready for number one?…Yes, it’s our old enemy, the nefarious and dreaded tooth decay!1. Tooth DecayThe most common reason for a painful toothache is plain old tooth decay. Sure, it might not be all that exciting or new, but it’s something that can affect any of us.For the tooth and the surrounding area to hurt, the decay in the tooth would have to be significant enough to reach the inner layer of the tooth, a layer called the dentin. Once the dentin is damaged the tooth becomes very sensitive and a cavity, or cary, has developed.If the pain becomes less of an ache and more of a sharp pain, the tooth decay may have reached the centre of the tooth. This results in a very intense pain that makes it difficult to carry on with daily life. These issues need to be addressed as soon as possible as they are not only painful but can quickly lead to bigger dental issues.If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms described above and have read through this whole list trying to figure out what might be wrong – call your dentist today. A simple examination can determine what’s going on, and the sooner you do it the better. Delaying can make a simple problem grow into a larger one just from neglect.So don’t delay and don’t be scared! If going to the dentist makes you anxious, ask about sedation. There are multiple varieties available, and it’s perfectly normal to be nervous (some estimates say up to 80% of people suffer from dental fear!).Got any more questions or comments? Send us a message on facebook and we’ll be happy to address any concerns. Take care of yourselves!ABOUT US FIND YOUR DENTIST APPOINTMENT Dr. Nagar’s Dental LifelineF-1, Gaur Valerio, Ahinsa Khand, opposite DPS, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad 0120-4552272

Top 10 Home Remedies for Toothache

Dr. Amit Berani, Dentist
Infection, gum disease, grinding teeth (bruxism), tooth trauma, an abnormal bite, tooth eruption could be some reasons cited by dentists for toothache. Here are some home remedies that can help you ease your toothache temporarily or permanently (in some cases)Sea Salt Rinse: A toothache if caused due to mild infection might go away on its own. To get some relief, make a rinse with warm water and spoonful of sea salt. Gurgle this water in your mouth. Make sure it splashes around the affected area. This is the most popular home remedy for toothache.Clean Your Mouth: Toothaches are more often caused if food morsels get lodged in the tooth. They exacerbate the pain of cavities. So get rid of this –Floss around the tooth.Brush that area. If your ache is caused by gingivitis keep brushing until the area no longer feels as sensitive.Use rinse to wash away dislodged particles.Painkillers: For minor toothaches use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Tylenol is one more effective over-the-counter painkiller. These drugs help in providing quick and effective relief. Use them as recommended by the doctor or as suggested on the pack.Best Home Remedy for Aches-Oil Pulling:The other popular home remedy for toothache is oil pulling. Swish 1 tbsp of coconut oil or sesame oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutesHaving some plaque on your teeth can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.Blunt the Area: An over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel may help to ease the throbbing for a few hours. You can directly apply them to the affected area.Hydrogen Peroxide: This procedure cleans up the affected area and helps to ease pain. But rinse your mouth thoroughly after this and take precautions NOT to swallow the peroxide.Cold Compress: Fill a food storage bag with ice. Use a thin cloth to cover it and apply it directly to the area just outside the tooth. The cold temperature eases the pain. Keep in mind NOT to apply the ice directly to the tooth. This can elevate the pain as teeth that are aching are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.Acupressure Method: Another quick home remedy for tooth pain is acupressure technique. Press on the back of hand between your thumb and index finger with the thumb of other hand. Apply pressure for 2 minutes.Ginger and Red pepper: Make a paste of powdered ginger and red or cayenne pepper. Add few drops of water to make the paste. Soak a cotton ball in it and place it on your painful tooth. It will help to relieve tooth pain.Clove Oil or Hard Liquor: Clove oil has been an age old home remedy for toothache. Rub a few drops of clove oil on the affected tooth to eases the pain. Other alternative could be dipping a cotton ball in some whisky or vodka in case of mild infections. Apply the liquor to the affected tooth.

How to take care of Dentures

Sonal Herekar, Dentist
Teeth problems giving you a hard time? Finding it difficult to maintain your dentures? Here is how you could taking care of your dentures.What are dentures? Dentures are essentially a removable replacement of your teeth. There are two types of dentures:1. Complete: Conventional or ImmediateConventional dentures are made after the removal of the teeth and healing of the gum tissues. While immediate dentures are made in advance and can be replaced soon after a teeth is removed.2. Partial: When your gum does retain some natural teeth, partial types then come to use.Do you rinse your dentures after meal every day? Do you take care of the them as you would do to your natural teeth? Here’s a quick run through on how to take absolute care of your dentures:1. Give them some rest: That will help recover your mouth tissues. Remove them at night and soak them in warm water if they are made of metal or else use a cleaner as this would help remove stain, bacteria, plaque and tartars.2. Take care of them: dentures are fragile and expensive. Don't use toothpicks or hard brushes to clean them, use a soft towel or bowl of water.3. Regular cleaning: Dentures build up stain, tartar and bacteria just as your natural teeth does so it is very important to clean them regularly.4. Visit your dentist regularly: Whether you have partial or complete dentures, you still need to see your dentist at least once a year for oral examination, oral hygiene, denture fittings and dental care.To have a healthy and long lasting smile, make sure you give your dentures a long-lasting life. Don’t forget to book your appointment with the dentist once in every six months.

3 Telltale Signs That Toothache Is Around the Corner

Dr. Bhupesh Gupta, Dentist
Painful tooth, in most of the cases is a consequence  of a number of factors to which your healthy tooth is subjected to over a considerable period of time in the mouth. Improper and inadequate tooth brushing ,poor eating habits, overindulgence in sugary sticky foods and avoiding regular dental  checkups leads to early onset and rapid progression of dental disease. But before that agonizing pain comes to haunt you , there are 3 ways your teeth maybe telling you that something is wrong and you need to visit a dentist soon.      1) BLEEDING FROM  GUMS Why it happens?In most of the cases it is due to inflammation of the gums because of  improper oral hygiene, BUT it may also be a warning signal for:Blood disorders Diabetes Vitamin C or K deficiency Liver disease Blood cancer     How it shows?  Bleeding gums during brushing Blood in spit blot on the tooth brush bristles blot on the pillow on waking up What happens if left untreated?  Slow or rapid progression of gum disease leading to gums recession. Teeth becoming loose or mobile can be called the silent killer as can lead to complete tooth loss with little or no signs. Bacteria of gum disease have the potential to infect heart tissue. 2) FOOD GETTING STUCK BETWEEN TEETH Why it happens?                Due to cavities forming between teeth Due to receding gums Due to faulty tooth caps and filling Due to movement of teeth  How it shows?Food especially fibrous getting stuck regularly between or on teeth Constant irritation in the affected area  Overzealous use of tooth picks  What happens if left untreated? Cavities become larger and painful Gum swells up and becomes painful Discoloration of teeth3) SENSITIVITY OF TEETH  Why it happens? Breach in the structural integrity of tooth structure Breach can be due to loss of enamel, cavities, improper tooth brushing How it shows?Sharp painful reaction to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods /drinks Discoloration of teeth  What happens if left untreated? Increase in sensitivity leads to avoiding favorite foods Sensitivity will increase to constant pain requiring major treatments