A toothache is not life threatening, of course, but it is most certainly an emergency. At the office of Todd D. Wortman, DDS, we do not want you to suffer with pain for any longer than you must. That’s one reason to seek our urgent care, but also because the chances of a tooth infection, if not already present, go up dramatically the more time you wait to get treatment. And you could even run the risk of losing the tooth, where otherwise it could have been saved.
Most cases of toothaches are due to the protective layers of your tooth becoming compromised. It is possible, however, for issues outside of the tooth to be the source of your pain, such as with TMJ disorder which is a jaw condition; and with advanced gum disease. Tooth decay, past or present, is often behind the breaching of a tooth’s barriers. What we mean by past is that when an old filling loosens or falls out, your tooth is again vulnerable and will need attention from our Mount Vernon emergency dentist. Fortunately, putting in a filling is not difficult and is accomplished in the course of a single session. This is as opposed to a crown, employed in the treatment of a chipped or cracked tooth. You will need two visits to our Mount Vernon emergency dentist, though the toothache will be remedied by the end of your first session. Infections occur in the tooth’s pulp, inside, at the base. Root canal therapy is the solution, and while it’s an involved procedure, it is non-surgical and essentially comfortable thanks to advanced techniques and instruments.
It’s a good idea to have our number programmed in your phone. Use it at the first indication of a toothache and we will you in to see our Mount Vernon emergency dentist as the earliest opportunity.