Responding To Your Sudden Toothache

Woman with onset toothache

If you find yourself experiencing an onset toothache, it can disrupt your entire day. If this pain does not go away quickly, please call your dentist right away. This symptom may indicate a serious infection that without treatment, could spread throughout the bloodstream to other parts of your body. By taking an X-ray of your problem tooth, we can determine if foreign material is creating an infection. If so, we will perform root canal therapy to clear the tooth’s chamber and offer immediate relief. Because this procedure permanently alters the structure of your tooth, we can design a custom dental crown to restore your bite and the appearance of your smile.

At your Prairie Village, KS, dental office, we know that dental emergencies can occur at a moment’s notice. While you may not expect a tooth infection, having a plan in place to respond quickly can help you find the relief you desire. That is why we offer appointments outside of your standard checkup schedule to identify the source of your pain and offer a procedure to remove its source. If you have any questions about situations that require emergency treatment, feel free to ask us at any time.

When Bacterial Infection Causes Your Toothache

If the enamel layer of your tooth is healthy, it creates a seal that prevents oral bacteria from entering the tooth’s more sensitive layers. By brushing and flossing your smile every day, you enjoy fresh breath as well as protection against plaque formation that can wear down the enamel’s protection. However, poor oral hygiene creates a situation where plaque produces an acidic byproduct that wears down your grin. Eventually, this wear leads to cavities and can expose the inner chamber to bacterial infection. When this happens, scheduling an emergency dental appointment can help you treat your pain and restore your smile.

Performing A Root Canal To Remove Infection

When we identify a bacterial deposit in your tooth’s inner chamber, we will numb the affected tooth to prepare it for root canal therapy. Using special tools, we access the tooth’s insides and clear all foreign material. Placing a material called gutta percha helps ensure that oral bacteria do not reenter at a later date. To finish the procedure, we place a dental crown that returns your tooth’s bite and healthy appearance.

Call Us Whenever You Experience A Dental Emergency

If you suspect a tooth infection after waking with a toothache, let us know. For more information on how we can remove infection and help resolve your pain, please contact your Prairie Village, KS, dentist’s office at (913) 901-8585. Our office is located on the southwest corner of 75th and State Line at the Crossroads of Prairie Village, Waldo, Brookside, Mission Hills, Leawood, and Overland Park.