Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Dealing with Pain from a Toothache

December 16, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Wade Kifer

Toothaches can change from annoying to excruciating in short order. So, if you have a mild toothache, we encourage you to contact our dental office before the discomfort escalates. Your Fayetteville dentist never wants to see you in pain!

Reasons You May Have a Toothache

Tooth pain may be due to an untreated cavity, nerve damage, or a minor injury. No matter the cause, seeking treatment in our dental office is essential.

If you also have facial or jaw swelling, it could be a root infection that requires root canal treatment. This is the only way to stop the infection from spreading, and it saves the tooth from natural loss or extraction.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Modern dentistry means pain-free treatment.

Our dental office relies on powerful anesthesia and a gentle hand when treating tooth root infections.

Your dentist first anesthetizes the area around the tooth and then extracts the infected pulp from its root. Next, we seal the tooth temporarily after rinsing the canal. Finally, you come in after a few weeks for a dental crown to restore tooth function.

The root canal is not painful, but the toothache before treatment can be excruciating. Therefore, it's always best to treat root infections as soon as possible.

Lowering Your Risks for Toothaches

  • Brush and floss regularly using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Report oral health changes to your dentist if they don't improve.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Fayetteville, AR

Never self-treat a toothache in place of dental care! Dental pain and swelling require intervention from your dentist. However, if you're medically able, you can take Ibuprofen and periodically apply an ice pack to the face.

Call today to arrange a visit with the dentist or if you have questions.

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