Toothaches and Chipped Teeth

  • Prescriptions for pain management and infections
  • Repairs of a broken and sharp teeth
  • Treatment of lost fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Initial treatment of an infected nerve
  • Wisdom tooth pain consultations
  • Costs start at $95

What causes a toothache?

Toothaches can be triggered by various underlying dental issues. The most common cause is dental decay, where bacteria erode the tooth enamel, leading to cavities and sensitivity. Gum disease, characterised by inflamed and infected gums, can also cause tooth pain as the infection spreads to the tooth roots. Tooth abscess, a serious infection at the root of the tooth, can result in severe and persistent pain.

Tooth fractures or cracks from trauma or biting on hard objects can expose the sensitive inner layers of the tooth, causing discomfort. Additionally, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or an improper bite may lead to toothaches due to excessive pressure on the teeth. Sinus infections, ear infections, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can also refer pain to the teeth. If you experience a toothache, seeking professional dental care is essential to identify the root cause and receive appropriate treatment. In most cases, the pain won't go away without professional treatment and will often get worse over time.

Avoiding dental treatment

Neglecting a toothache and avoiding a visit to the dentist can have serious consequences for your oral health and overall well-being. A toothache is often an indicator of an underlying dental issue that requires timely attention and treatment. Ignoring a toothache may allow the problem to worsen, leading to more extensive damage, such as advanced tooth decay, infection, or abscess formation. Untreated dental infections can spread to surrounding tissues, potentially causing complications like gum disease or even systemic infections that affect your overall health.

Delaying dental care may also result in the need for more invasive and costly treatments, like root canal therapy or tooth extraction. The persistent pain and discomfort from an untreated toothache can affect your daily life, causing difficulty eating, sleeping, and concentrating. Addressing a toothache promptly by visiting a dentist can help prevent further complications and preserve your oral health.

Emergency dental care treatments

The treatment of a toothache on the day will depend on the underlying cause and severity of the pain. For immediate relief, over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen can help manage discomfort. Applying a cold compress to the affected area may also provide temporary relief by reducing inflammation. It's essential to avoid placing aspirin directly on the gums, as it can cause irritation.

However, a toothache should never be ignored or solely self-treated. Seeking professional dental care on the same day is crucial to diagnose the root cause of the pain accurately.

Our expert emergency dentists in Wanaka can perform a comprehensive examination, take X-rays if necessary, and provide appropriate treatment options to get you out of pain. Potential treatments may include dental fillings for cavities, root canal therapy for infected teeth, or antibiotics for dental abscesses.

Early intervention not only alleviates pain but also prevents further complications and risks to your overall health and wellbeing.

How to prevent a dental emergency?

Preventing dental emergencies requires adopting proactive oral care practices. First, maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings to detect and address potential issues early on. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and using fluoride toothpaste to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Avoid using teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts, as it can lead to tooth fractures. Wear a mouthguard during sports activities to protect teeth from injuries.

Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks to minimise the risk of tooth decay. Address teeth grinding or clenching issues with a custom nightguard. Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support oral health. If you have a history of dental issues, follow the dentist's advice on treatment plans and maintenance.

By adopting these preventive measures and promptly addressing dental concerns, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies and maintain a healthy smile for years to come.

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We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


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What can I do to relieve a toothache at home?

Over-the-counter pain relievers and applying a cold compress to the affected area can help temporarily alleviate toothache pain. However, it's essential to schedule a dental appointment for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What should I do if I have a chipped tooth?

If you chip a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, and avoid chewing on the affected side. Schedule a dental visit promptly for evaluation and potential repair.

How can I prevent toothaches and chipped teeth?

Regular dental check-ups, practicing good oral hygiene, wearing mouthguards during sports activities, and avoiding habits like teeth grinding can help prevent toothaches and chipped teeth.

What treatment options are available for a chipped tooth?

Treatment options may include dental bonding, dental crowns, or veneers, depending on the extent of the chip and the dentist's assessment.

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that's usually visible in the mouth), rinse it with water, and try to place it back into the socket. If you can't reinsert the tooth, put it in a cup of milk or saliva and contact our team immediately for advice.

Can a tooth infection be considered a dental emergency?

Yes, a tooth infection can quickly become a dental emergency, especially if the infection spreads to other parts of the body. Symptoms include severe pain, fever, swelling, and discharge from the gum.