TOOTHACHE

Toothache Specialist

 Toothache can occur at any age and in any tooth. Usually, pain develops as a result of tooth decay, but there are other issues that can also cause a toothache. Scheduling an appointment at Gentilly Family Dental, LLC is the best way to relieve pain and prevent more serious problems. As a top-ranked dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Ambrose Martin III is skilled in diagnosing and treating toothaches so patients of all ages can feel better and enjoy better oral health. If you have a toothache, don’t delay your care. Call the office or use our online system to schedule an appointment today. 


 

Toothache Q & A


Does a toothache mean I have a cavity?


Not necessarily; many toothaches are caused by tooth decay that “eats” into the tooth material, causing damage in the tooth and making the tooth more sensitive to pain and pressure. But a toothache can also be caused by:

  • An infection inside the tooth or in or near the tooth root
  • Gum infections
  • Gum disease
  • Loose teeth
  • Bite problems
  • Impaction and other issues

While the cause of a toothache can vary, one thing remains the same: Any type of toothache is a sign of a problem that needs prompt professional attention by an experienced family dentist. During your office visit, Dr. Martin examines your teeth and takes X-rays to determine the underlying cause so your treatment is tailored to your needs.



How does the dentist treat toothaches?


Treatment of a toothache begins with the exam and X-rays to determine the cause. When a toothache is caused by tooth decay, treatment usually involves removing the damaged portion of the tooth, then rebuilding the damaged area with filling material designed to protect the tooth and prevent further damage. If decay is in the interior portion of the tooth (called the pulp), you may need a root canal to remove the damaged portion, fill the tooth, and protect it with a cap or crown.

Gum disease often is treated with deep cleaning procedures called root planing and scaling, and sometimes with gum graft procedures to replace gum tissue that’s been lost. Toothaches caused by cracks, fractures, or chips typically require a crown or other restoration to protect the tooth and prevent further damage. And some issues, like impaction, may require an extraction.



Is it OK to treat a minor toothache with pain relievers?


It’s OK to use pain relievers to reduce your symptoms until you can see Dr. Martin, but you should never delay or avoid dental care if you have a toothache, even if it goes away after taking pain relievers. Pain in or around your tooth indicates an underlying problem that can become much worse without prompt and proper care. To avoid more serious issues, you should call the office at the first sign of tooth pain to schedule an examination.



I’m nervous about seeing the dentist. How can you help me relax?


At Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, we know dental anxiety is a real fear, and many patients suffer from it. We offer sedation and other options to help every patient stay relaxed and comfortable throughout their treatment. Contact the office to learn more.

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