It started as a slight twinge in your tooth as you enjoyed your favorite dessert – ice cream. You didn’t think much of it because it went away quickly on its own. Soon, you began to notice that the sensitivity would linger; however, it wasn’t anything that ibuprofen couldn’t manage. Now, you’ve found yourself with a full-blown toothache that is keeping you awake at night, and ibuprofen no longer helps. What should you do? Your emergency dentist has some solutions.
What Is Causing My Pain?
Dental pain is typically an indicator of an infection in your tooth. This can occur when your tooth is fractured, cracked, or decayed into the nerve. The first thing you should understand is if you are feeling severe pain in your tooth, you shouldn’t wait to contact your dentist because a dental infection does not resolve on its own.
An infection is dangerous if left untreated and it could result in tooth loss and progress to other critical areas of your body including your brain. Not to mention the effect it may have on neighboring teeth. To protect your oral health, it is essential to see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy can eliminate your infection and relieve your discomfort if you are proactive about seeking treatment. Better yet, it can also preserve your tooth and save you from dealing with tooth loss.
Your dentist will remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth and seal it when it is infection-free. Once your tooth has had time to heal, you will need to return to your dentist to have a permanent filling or dental crown placed to rebuild and strengthen your tooth again. Your restoration ensures that you have all the strength and function you had before your infection.
Is Your Tooth Sensitive?
If your tooth is feeling sensitive to temperature, but still manageable with ibuprofen, this is an ideal time for a checkup with your dentist. If you manage decay in this stage, it may even be able to be treated with a more straightforward dental filling and stopped before it can progress into your nerve and cause an infection.
Contact your dentist today for more information or if your tooth is feeling sensitive or painful.
About the Author
Are you having tooth pain? Dr. Sheri McIntosh and her team are here for you! Not only do we offer the treatment required to eliminate your discomfort, but we also provide the service you deserve in your time of need. Even root canal therapy is an excellent experience at Distinguished Dental!
If you would like to contact the team at Distinguished Dental, we can be reached by calling 817-337-8300 or online.