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Following the lifting of restrictions from 19th July, the safety of our patients, team and community continues to be our priority. We are therefore maintaining our existing safety measures.

Masks should continue to be worn in our practice by both patients and colleagues. Social distancing, along with all previous safety measures, also remains in place.

Toothache

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth. Minor toothaches can come from a temporary gum irritation which may be treated at home. More serious toothaches are caused by dental and mouth problems that are more difficult and will need to be treated by a dentist.

Possible causes of toothache can include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth
  • A cracked or damaged tooth
  • A loose or broken filling
  • An infection – this often happens when a tooth (such as a wisdom tooth) has broken the skin, but does not have enough room to fully come through
  • Problems with your braces
  • Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth
  • Infected gums

Symptoms of a toothache may include:

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

When should I see a dentist about a toothache?

See your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:

  • You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
  • Your toothache is severe
  • You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide

As with any teeth problems, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it's important to book an appointment at St Anne's Dental Practice to see a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for routine dental health review.

How will the dentist treat my toothache?

Your St Anne's Dental Practice dentist will need to examine you, and possibly take x-rays, in order to identify the cause of your toothache. Once this has been identified, they will conduct any temporary treatment to relieve your pain and advise if further treatment is required to address the underlying issue.

Possible treatments may include:

  • If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will fill the cavity or take the tooth out, if necessary.
  • A root canal (a procedure to remove and replace infected pulp with sealing material) may be needed if the cause of the toothache is an infection of the tooth's nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner space of the root of the tooth cause infection.
  • An antibiotic may be prescribed if there is fever or swelling of the jaw.
  • A small piece of food (like a popcorn hull) can get stuck under the gums causing an infection. In this instance, a deep cleaning may be performed or recommended followed by further periodontal (gum) therapy if necessary.

Preventing toothache

Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, following good oral hygiene practices can prevent toothaches. Good oral hygiene practices consist of brushing regularly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing once daily, rinsing once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash, and seeing your St Anne's Dental Practice dentist regularly for professional cleaning and reviews. In addition to these practices, eat foods low in sugar and ask your dentist about sealants and fluoride applications.

How do I treat a toothache at home?

For temporary relief of a toothache, the following can be followed at home:

  • Avoid extremes of temperature, such as hot drinks or very cold foods like ice cream
  • Avoid sugary or acidic foods, especially sweets or fizzy drinks, even diet ones, as these can aggravate the pain
  • Eat soft foods, like yoghurt or scrambled eggs, and try to avoid chewing with the sore tooth
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Use an over-the-counter anaesthetic gel, for example Orajel, which you can buy in a pharmacy, to help relieve the pain
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth as thoroughly as possible, and rub toothpaste directly onto the sore tooth or area
  • Rinse with warm saltwater. Salt water can loosen debris between your teeth, act as a disinfectant and reduce inflammation. Stir a ½ teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
  • Use mouthwash suitable for gum problems, such as Corsodyl or Peroxyl, from your local pharmacy
  • Massage the gum around the tooth to help ease pain
  • Use cloves or cotton wool to place clove oil over the painful tooth or area of the mouth. You can buy cloves in supermarkets
  • Keep your head elevated at night. Lying down can increase blood pressure in the tooth and cause pain
  • Keep the area cold by using a cool pack or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Apply this to your cheek. Don’t apply ice directly to the tooth as this can increase pain and damage the tissue

If you have any toothache of discomfort, contact St Anne's Dental Practice in Lewes as soon as possible. Give us a call on 01273 473189.

Patient Reviews

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The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to St Anne's Dental Practice. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

52 Reviews

5.0

17th May 2022

Professional dentist. Nice calm manner and explained anything I needed to know.. Took time to check my teeth and oral health.

17th May 2022

Considerate, efficient clinicians and helpful receptionists. Maintained high level of Covid safety standards

16th May 2022

We are covered by Denplan insurance and are very glad this covers regular visits to the hygienist. I have seen Chrissie for several years and remain one of her many loyal patients. She coped amazingly with PPE during the pandemic, keeping us safe. Thank you Chrissie.

13th May 2022

Dr Brink is a very engaging, reassuring presence and I feel completely confident in her abilities.

12th May 2022

It was a positive experience from the moment I arrived. The receptionist was courteous and helpful, and the reception area felt pleasant and calm. Both my appointment with the hygienist and the dentist were on time, and during both appointments everything was explained clearly to me, and any questions I asked were answered clearly and thoroughly. It was very straightforward to book my next appointments, and I received prompt confirmation of them by text and email.

7th May 2022

Punctual appointment for hygienist and check up. Both were efficient, thorough and caring

7th May 2022

Friendly dentist who made me feel comfortable and to my knowledge did a good job

5th May 2022

Kind professional staff throughout the practice The recent changes have made a big improvement.

5th May 2022

Went perfectly well, nobody assaulted me and there were no international invasions while I was there

2nd May 2022

I received expert treatment, immediately it was required (within 24 hours). It was quick, professional and I felt no pain.

30th April 2022

All went well . No fuss .

30th April 2022

The personal care and knowledge made for orthodontic treatment to feel easy, fully supported and in the best hands

29th April 2022

Very friendly helpful & caring

28th April 2022

I have been coming to St Annes many over 25 years and am always pleased with the service.

28th April 2022

Jane the receptionist was kind and courteous as always, the dental nurse that Adam had was so slick you could see how excellent she is at her job and as for Adam - he’s the best dentist I have and it’s clear how much he geeks out on getting my teeth straight and healthy. Always a pleasure to visit the team at St Anne’s. Keep up the stellar work!

28th April 2022

Very well looked after

27th April 2022

I was slightly worried when Hakan left as I’m slightly phobic about dental treatment. I needn’t have worried Adam is incredible too. We’re very lucky to have such talented dentists do close!

23rd April 2022

Excellent staff and service

22nd April 2022

Pleased a problem was detected and urgent referal made

22nd April 2022

Very smooth experience, pleasant waiting area, friendly professional staff.

21st April 2022

Everything was as I expected, efficient and effective. I did not have to wait beyond my appointment time. The dentist and assistant were freindly and kind.

20th April 2022

Everything went well, my dentist was excellent and it was a good appointment.

20th April 2022

No waiting. Treatment was as I expected it to be. An efficient service

8th April 2022

Efficient expert and friendly staff

6th April 2022

Lovely staff, high standards in everything.

4th April 2022

It was, always is, friendly, prompt, flexible and competent. Thank you.

30th March 2022

the complete experience was faultless.

25th March 2022

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25th March 2022

Everything happened as it should. The only downside is your searching for praise via this survey. The onsite team all did their jobs well.

24th March 2022

I have been a patient at St Annes for nearly 40 years and I have always been more than satisfied with my care

23rd March 2022

New dentist to me, was really clear about what was proposed and his recommendations. Good 'bedside manner' and I felt very comfortable

23rd March 2022

Everything ran smoothlyWell looked after

19th March 2022

Professional, courteous, competent staff

17th March 2022

It was everything I expected a private practice to be.....to put me FIRST

16th March 2022

My dentist, Adam Cuthbertson, is a very competent and friendly dentist. He always explains in details the different options available and often hands me a mirror so that he can show exactly what's going to be done and why. He is friendly and courteous, as is all of the team at St Anne's Dental Clinic. By far the best dentist I have been to so far and I have been to quite a few, in the UK and abroad.

15th March 2022

Adam and his dental nurse are calm and helpful during treatment.I am particularly pleased by the way that Adam keeps in touch to ensure that you are ok.

11th March 2022

Explained fully options, what was going on, my wellbeing and quality of care

11th March 2022

Excellent care and expertise

11th March 2022

Always friendly and extremely helpful regarding my on going health

9th March 2022

Dentist friendly, listened to concerns (of the moment i.e. not lying flat) and re state of my teeth. Gave options with costs.Took x-rays which I was able to see. Gave explanation.Good as it could be!

9th March 2022

Very well explained, very little pain, very competent staff

8th March 2022

Very friendly and courteous attention throughout. Skilled and professional treatment from dentist., who took a lot of time to save my tooth rather than extract it. I have a beautiful new crown when I might have been looking at a dental plate or beginning the process of getting an implant. Many thanks again Adam!

4th March 2022

not much to add - have answered relevant questions.

4th March 2022

Check up and cleaning done efficiently and politely.

3rd March 2022

Everyone is very understanding and caring, really do put the patient first, always allow time and I never feel rushed. Always made to feel at ease and thoroughly supported throughout the whole appointment. The service provided is excellent, they are an amazing team

3rd March 2022

Very friendly, knowledgeable and caring hygenist

2nd March 2022

Problem quickly identified, treatment required rapidly decided upon, appointment made and clinician came in on his day off. Treatment was quick, thorough, as comfortable as it could have been and virtually painless.

2nd March 2022

I was an emergency patient. All Staff were helpful and kind. The dentist was excellent and gave options. All round good experience. One doesn’t say that too often!

25th February 2022

Everyone is very helpful you are not rushed and they listen to you

24th February 2022

Appointment was on time, very happy with all that was explained and carried out, very pleasant which is why I come to St. Anne's

23rd February 2022

Quick, friendly, professional and easy

22nd February 2022

Everything was explained clearly. I was given options and choices

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