February 9 is National Toothache Day. If you’ve ever had one, you know it’s not something to celebrate. But it is a good time to remind you of the importance of seeing us right away if you’re in dental discomfort. We’ve got lots of ways to relieve a toothache. And it’s important to do it ASAP, as many common causes of a toothache can result in the loss of a tooth.
If you are hurting, we’ll do our best to see you on the same day. Call us at 228-220-2117. If your pain has you feeling anxious, we’ll put you at ease in a private care room with comforts like a blanket. Your dentist will quickly assess your condition and recommend treatment. If necessary, we’ll help you relax with laughing gas or an oral sedative.
Here are some of the ways your dentist can treat a toothache:
- Fix a Cavity – Decay is a common problem that can lead to dental pain. Fortunately, a filling is an easy fix. We use fillings made of composite, not metal. Your dentist matches the color to your other teeth, so the filling blends easily into your smile. If your cavity is large, he may recommend an inlay, onlay, or dental crown. These restorations cover more tooth surface than a filling.
- Mend Cracked or Broken Teeth – If your tooth is cracked or broken, we commonly use a crown for the repair. It covers your entire tooth, restoring complete oral function and keeping damage from spreading. See us right away if you’ve damaged a tooth in this way. If not promptly fixed, bacteria can get inside your tooth through the opening.
- Eliminate an Infection – A root canal will remove infection from the soft center of your tooth. This gets you out of pain and preserves the tooth. Your dentist uses a 3-D CT scanner to plan your treatment and thoroughly numbs your mouth so you won’t feel a thing.
- Remove a Badly Damaged Tooth – In some instances, it’s simply best to remove the tooth. Your dentist has removed countless teeth and always uses a gentle touch. We’ll numb your mouth with local anesthesia, but you can receive dental sedation too, if you’d like.
- Stop Teeth Grinding – If you’re one of the many people who grind your teeth in the night, you probably wake with an aching jaw. You’re also at risk of damaging your teeth. Your dentist can fit you for a custom-made mouthguard that will protect you from grinding. In addition, he can help relieve your jaw pain with Botox injections.