Sometimes toothaches can develop quickly. Knowing what to do when a dental emergency arises can keep you calm and reduce your discomfort. At our Atlanta, GA practice, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers offers emergency toothache relief so you can eliminate pain and go back to normal life. Here, we’ll discuss what to do if a toothache develops and explore treatment options that can address the issue.
If you currently have dental pain, contact our Atlanta office immediately for emergency toothache relief. Call us now at 404-577-6620.
First things first – if you develop a toothache, call our office for further instructions. A team member can triage the situation and give you a time to arrive. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the discomfort:
Every patient – and every emergency – is unique. When it comes to emergency toothache relief, your treatment will depend on the specific situation and the severity of the condition.
If a small cavity or fracture is the culprit, it can usually be repaired with a dental filling. At our Atlanta, GA practice, we place tooth-colored composite fillings. These restorations blend in with your smile for a natural, lifelike look. Generally, a dental filling can be placed in just one office visit.
If the problem has affected more of the natural tooth structure, a dental filling may not be sufficient. Moderate to severe dental damage often requires a crown. This restoration covers the entire tooth structure, adding strength and reinforcement. A crown can also reduce pain, sensitivity, and other common symptoms.
Whenever bacteria reach the innermost chamber of a tooth (the pulp), root canal therapy is necessary. This condition can develop due to a large fracture or deep decay. To address the issue, Dr. Rodgers removes the nerves, blood vessels, and nerves from inside the tooth. The canals and pulp chamber are then filled with a unique dental material called gutta percha. The tooth is sealed to reduce the risk of further bacteria. Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown. Due to the nature of the procedure, most patients feel instant toothache relief.
We prefer to save teeth whenever it’s possible. Unfortunately, some teeth cannot be saved. If the damage you’ve sustained is too severe, Dr. Rodgers may recommend removing the tooth. We use only gentle, modern techniques for optimal results.
Before extracting the tooth, we will talk with you about all replacement options. Dr. Rodgers may recommend a bridge or a dental implant.
Because most toothaches are the result of neglected oral hygiene, improving brushing and flossing techniques can help tremendously. Additionally, ask your dentist or hygienist about topical fluoride, dental sealants, or other preventative treatments. Preventing dental issues now can help save you time, money, and worry in the future.
If you’re in need of emergency toothache relief, call our Atlanta, GA office right away. We can help alleviate your pain and take proper steps to prevent it from happening again. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 404-577-6620.