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While a toothache can certainly result from a severe dental trauma, most are the result of untreated tooth decay infecting the pulp or root of the tooth. This might also be an aftereffect of a large filling falling out and going untreated.

Regardless of the cause, all toothache pain requires the attention and treatment of a professional dentist. Here at Art & Science Family Dentistry, Drs. Kinney, Musser, and Kinney can examine and X-ray the tooth to assess the severity of the problem and present you with the applicable treatment options.

This often comes in the form of endodontic therapy, such as a root canal. Once the compromised tissues have been extracted, we can rebuild sufficient structure to anchor a crown.

In a case where the tooth has been severely compromised or an abscess infection has formed in the gums, the only viable treatment might be to extract it. Once your gums have fully healed, we can then help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

While your gums are healing, it’s best to stick to eating a soft foods diet and to avoid chewing in that area of your mouth. You will also need to avoid drinking through a straw. as this can pull blood clots loose from the incisions.

You should not be surprised if the extraction incision site bleeds occasionally during the first few days. You can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped, you can gently wash away any lingering blood with a little lukewarm salt water.

If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you might want to speak to your primary physician about a cessation plan. The irritation to the gums caused by tar and other tobacco chemicals can increase recovery time and risk of infection. If possible, it’s best to select a program that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum. These can also irritate the gums.

If you live in the Woodbury, Minnesota, area and you are suffering with a toothache, you should not delay in calling 651-739-1894 to seek professional treatment from our dentists.