Is your toothache getting on your nerves?

Is your toothache getting on your nerves?

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Early diagnosis and treatment of dental infection are crucial in preventing potentially severe complications

Toothaches have often been described as constant, sharp, throbbing pains in the teeth and jaws. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered a severe toothache, you would know that it can be an extreme, debilitating pain that lasts for hours, keeps you up at night, and might not respond to over-the-counter pain medication. In a large number of patients, these severe pains are due to the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues inside the teeth being inflamed. These tissues are known as the dental pulp, and an inflammation of the dental pulp is known as pulpitis.

Night Grinding

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Do you frequently wake up in the morning with jaw discomfort and fatigue, or with achy, sensitive teeth?

Do you have headaches or stiffness and pain of the facial muscles on waking up?

Does your partner or family member complain of being awoken by loud, unpleasant grating noises coming from your teeth when you are sleeping?

If your answer is yes to any of these, you may be suffering from night grinding, also known as sleep bruxism.