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My Tooth Hurts! What Should I Do?

October 14, 2019
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Posted By: Robert Rahm, DDS
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It happens to the best of us: You wake up one morning with a mild toothache, but as the day goes on, it gets worse and worse. Soon you are finding it tough to concentrate on even the most mundane tasks. You try over-the-counter pain relievers, but you realize that nothing can touch this pain.

The reality is you probably need an emergency dental appointment with your Chesterfield, MO dentist, Dr. Robert Rahm. You might have an infection deep within your tooth root. If this turns out to be the case, you’ll likely need root canal treatment.

Will My Pain Go Away without a Root Canal?

It more than likely will not go away—especially if it is an infection in your tooth. If you put off root canal treatment, in fact, chances are your tooth will ultimately need to be extracted. Although many people fear the root canal, it is a tooth-saving procedure that is quite common. It’s not really any worse than getting a routine dental filling.

What Does a Root Canal Procedure Entail?

With a root canal, Dr. Rahm will make a tiny hole in your tooth to remove the infected material. When the area is clear, it is rinsed with an antibiotic then sealed to prevent any more bacteria from invading the tooth root. In most cases, he will recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment to strengthen the tooth, which has a tendency to become brittle without its living tissue.

Contact Your Chesterfield, MO Emergency Dentist to Find Out More

If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, including a toothache, a knocked-out tooth, or another issue, give us a call. We save room in our schedule for dental emergencies, and we’ll help eliminate your tooth pain as soon as you can come in. Give us a call today!

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