What caused your West Ridge toothache? You may not care all that much when you are in pain. After all, you just want relief. But at Family Care Dental Group, we need to figure out what happened so you can get the most effective treatment. And furthermore, when you’re aware of the common causes of toothaches, you may just have the edge in avoiding them in the future.
Your West Ridge toothache means that either your exposed nerve is being irritated, or that the pulp next to it has become infected. Your tooth is covered with two protective layers: the dentin and the enamel. Dental decay, the result of the acids in dental plaque, forms holes in your teeth. Those holes, or more typically known as cavities, leave the opening in your tooth that leaves your nerve and pulp prone. Similarly, your tooth may become chipped, cracked, or fractured. Again, there is an opening. Or your existing filling may come loose or it could fall out entirely. One of the above is usually responsible for your West Ridge toothache. The question is, what is the solution? For a cavity or loose or lost filling, you’ll need a new filling, which is done in just a single session. A crown is needed for a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth, and that requires a second visit (you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown until then). However, if the pulp becomes infected, a more likely possibility the longer you go from the first sign of pain to getting treatment, you will need root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.
The ideal strategy is to call us immediately when you notice a toothache. Don’t expect it to resolve on its own. We’re dedicated to making sure you are seen in a timely manner. We even recommend that you keep our number programmed in your phone for immediate access.