Managing toothache in the pharmacy
A toothache, also called odontalgia, is pain that occurs in or around a tooth. Enamel is the hard, outer layer of a tooth and covers a softer inner layer called dentine. Dentine is the tooth’s sensitive layer with several microscopic tubes that originate from the centre of the tooth. The pulp chamber at the centre of the tooth contains pulp that is made up of blood vessels and nerves. Damage that reaches the dentine can cause discomfort, but as the damage approaches the centre it is more likely to cause pain, as there is less structure to insulate and protect the pulp.