Getting to the ‘Root’ of a Toothache

Getting to the ‘Root’ of a Toothache

Detecting and treating the causes of a painful toothache at our Chelmsford dental practice.

When a toothache strikes, it is probably the least concern of the sufferer to know what actually is causing it; the priority is to get it treated so that it doesn’t hurt any more.

For our dentists at Blue Sky Dental though, diagnosis is very important so that we can provide the correct treatment, and, hopefully, save the tooth from being extracted.


The first thing that we will do when you visit our Chelmsford practice is to examine your teeth. Very often the cause of the problem will be obvious and visible, such as dental decay. Other times though, the cause of the pain may be less easily detected, and, to ensure that you receive the correct treatment, x-rays will be taken. These allow us to see deep into all areas of the tooth. If the cause of a toothache is not visible from a regular examination, there is a chance that the it might lay in the root canal area where the nerves and blood vessels are stored.


If decay is detected, in many cases a simple filling will be all that is required. For more extensive decay, it may be necessary to prepare the tooth ready for a dental crown. Where the cause of the pain lies in the root canal though, this means that there is infection in the area and a root canal procedure will be needed. This procedure is feared by many patients, perhaps unsurprisingly given how it has become established in myth as one of the most painful things imaginable. The truth, however, is very different and, although an invasive procedure, it should cause no more discomfort than other treatments.


The first thing that needs to be established when the root canal has been diagnosed as the source of pain, is to see if an abscess is present. If it is, antibiotics will be given first to treat it. The root canal procedure can then take place as planned. Where no abscess is detected, you will be given a local anaesthetic into the area, and the top of the tooth will then be removed to allow access to the root canals. The infected nerves and blood vessels will then be removed and the hollow interior cleaned and treated with antibacterial agents.

The root canals themselves will then be filled and a dental crown attached to the top of the tooth to give it a natural appearance and additional strength.

Without treatment, your toothache will not go away and may simply get worse. To be treated quickly, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070 so that we can see you as soon as possible to alleviate your pain and hopefully save your tooth.

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