A toothache can range from mild sensitivity through to unbearable pain.

Oftentimes a toothache indicates a more widespread problem in the mouth that will need to be addressed, else the problem may get worse making treatment more complicated and expensive.

Our priority is always to get you out of pain as soon as possible. If you are in need of immediate attention, give us a ring and we’ll do all we can to see you on the same day. If you are unsure whether you require urgent care, our highly trained team members can guide you on the best course of action.

Usually it is best to start with some over the counter pain relief to manage the pain temporarily until we can treat the cause of the pain.

If you are able to take note of the nature of the pain, location, and any triggers, that will help us more quickly arrive at a diagnosis and solution. When you attend as an emergency patient for a toothache we will perform a comprehensive examination, often with the aid of x-rays, and discuss all of the options with you.

Why does my tooth hurt?

Tooth Decay (Cavities)


Infection (or Abscess)

What are my treatment options?

If your tooth’s nerve is infected or beyond repair then it may require root canal treatment. This is where we remove the painful nerve and place a root filling in its place to stop bacteria from re-entering. This strengthens the tooth and returns it back to health. You can expect your toothache to fade away immediately.

If your pain was caused by a cavity and the nerve is still intact, then a filling may be required. This is where the hole inside the tooth is cleaned and the tooth restored back to its original shape with a tooth-coloured filling material.

If your tooth is severely compromised then it may require a cap/crown to be rebuilt. Old fashioned caps/crowns often appeared dark and black around the gum line. However, modern crowns are made from a beautiful porcelain ceramic which appears so natural in can be hard to spot the difference!

Does it hurt?


At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. Naturally, certain dental procedures may involve some discomfort. However, by using the latest techniques and technologies we can keep you as comfortable as possible. For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!