Among the various emergencies that we at the office of Alvin Jacobs, DDS address, there is no doubt that toothaches are the most common. You can depend on prompt treatment with a sense of urgency and the gentle care will leave you feeling confident in your visit here.
How a toothache is treated depend on what has caused it in the first place. It’s not typical for tooth pain to be the result of a jaw problem or advanced gum disease, but it is known to happen. Our Leonia dental office does not make guesses. You’ll be examined and x-rays will be taken so that the diagnosis is accurate and conclusive. Sometimes, the remedy is as simple as placing a filling. This occurs when your toothache is the result of a cavity or a loose or missing filling that was once the solution to a previous cavity. Crowns are also simple solutions. They are used to strengthen a chipped or cracked tooth, as well as to restore its protective barrier. Bear in mind that it is usually the exposed nerve inside your tooth that is causing you to have a toothache. And if the nerve is exposed, there is room for bacteria to get inside, where it can affect the neighboring pulp. Inflammation and infection follow, and the pain of your toothache is often more severe than for other reasons. You’ll need root canal therapy to take care of it. Fortunately, today’s version of this procedure is virtually free of pain thanks to modern methods and equipment.
Of primary importance is that you act immediately when a toothache makes itself known. By doing so, you are putting the chances of the best possible result in your favor. The worst case scenario is the loss of the tooth to extraction, and that is something our Leonia dental office would like to avoid. Contact us for an appointment.