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Toothache is pain that affects a tooth or the area around it, usually the jaw and the gums. Tooth pain comes in various levels of severity. Some tooth pain is so serious and agonising that the affected person cannot think properly and concentrate, due to the pain.

Dental pain can be due to a chipped or cracked tooth, a filling or part of the tooth has been lost, a very sensitive tooth to cold (can be a hypersensitive tooth root), decay close to the nerve of the tooth, trauma or gum disease.

If the pain lasts for seconds or minutes and goes away, the tooth is probably still fixable. The solution can be a filling, desensitising toothpaste, or an extraction.

If the pain lasts for hours and you are woken up in the night from pain, the tooth may be abscessed or have a vertical fracture. The solution is either to remove the painful part of the tooth (a root canal dressing, and further treatment which retains the tooth in your mouth), or an extraction. Sometimes the severity of the dental infection may restrict mouth opening, so antibiotics may be required to initially control the infection; this will allow a subsequent procedure to be performed.


Please come in for a problem consultation starting at $79 so we can provide a solution that suits you and your budget. We ideally would take a single small x-ray costs $29 and/or a panoramic x-ray costs $99, to assess the problem and provide options.

We hope that we can relieve the pain you have been experiencing in that appointment, but sometimes this is not possible and antibiotics are required.

Usually we would need to do a filling, extraction or start a root filling, which would cost from $250.


If you have toothache after hours, we would recommend using a combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol as per the dosage guidelines.

  • Two 200mg tablets of ibuprofen every 8 hours with
  • Two 500mg tablets of paracetamol every 6 hours

Sometimes it takes a 2-3 days for a big difference in pain to be achieved.

Alternatively, on a weekend you can phone the emergency dental clinic on 07 571 1230 for an appointment.

I had my first visit at Garden Dental today on recommendation from a friend. Fi made me feel very welcome and is super friendly and caring with a very down-to-earth yet professional manner. I felt quickly at ease which is just what you want when you visit the Dentist. Everyone at Gardens was in fact wonderful and friendly. I'm very happy and will definitely will be coming back :-) thanks again!!
Natalie Thompson  
I can not recomend Fiona and Vicki enough. Have always dreaded going to the dentist until these guys. Cannot stress how easy they made each appointment, they give the good drugs so you dont feel a thing. They are also lovely and friendly and always great at making you laugh. seriously cant recomend them enough : )
Ali Uden  
I have never felt so relaxed or happy about going to the dentist. Fi and Vicky are incredible and make me feel so at ease. I really wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
Sian Casserly  
What an absolutely refreshing change to go to a dentist and come out after an amazing, painless process. Have not regretted changing to Fiona and her team.
Steve Bolt  
One of the best dental experiences to date. Fi was fun and lighthearted which made for a pleasant appointment. Super gentle and checked in with me often to make sure I was ok. Can’t recommend her and her skills enough!!
Kristy Whitchelo  
Fi and Vicki you are honestly such a fantastic dental team. I have been visiting for many years now and can not speak any more highly of you both. You make my visits feel so relaxed that it doesn't feel like you are even at the dentist. Thank you girls for always looking after me, you are the best
Louise Fox  
Just recently had a cleaning & cavity filled by the lovely Fi from Gardens Dental. She is amazing and works wonders not only on your teeth but also to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during your time with her! Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a local dentist!
Jess Lowcher  
First review because I just wanted to say Fi and Vicky are honestly the scared of dentists but they have made it the best experience ever. Very gentle, zero pain for multiple complicated procedures and don’t make you feel bad about not going to the dentist for ages ..they are super cool!
David Weaver  
Fiona is great to deal with and goes the extra mile, even ringing you in the evening to check that all is well. She is highly professional and a breath of fresh air. A thoroughly honest and approachable dentist.
Jez Rogers  
I had extensive work done on my lower teeth and a new top denture made. It was almost a fun experience.
Fi & Vicki are a great team, and their constant banter helped me to relax. They did so much to improve my smile and my self confidence. I highly recommend them both.
Helen Roberts