One of the worst pains a person can experience is a toothache. At Horizon Dental, we understand the pain because we see patients come into our North End dentist clinic with toothaches all the time. When we see patients dealing with this issue, typically caused by an infected tooth, we want to do all we can to help them get out of pain as soon as possible. How do we do this?
3 Ways Your North End Dentist Will Care For an Infected Tooth
There are three ways that your Boise dental office can care for a toothache. We examine the area to determine the cause. Not every toothache is caused by an actual tooth infection. Some are caused by gum infections. Once we figure out the cause – then we go to work!
1. Clean the Area
If the patient is experiencing —which can feel very much like a toothache—we will clean the infected area. Gums get infected because of plaque buildup and bacteria in the gum pockets. We do a special deep cleaning to clear out all of the buildup. In many cases, this remedies the situation. Sometimes, though, there are patients a more progressed infection. We might put these patients on antibiotics, or we may have to extract the tooth.
2. Do a Root Canal Procedure
A tooth infection is generally caused by very deep decay, though sometimes it is caused by trauma. Deep decay penetrates the enamel, dentin, and finally, the nerve. If there is enough tooth structure to salvage, , which means we remove the nerve and clean out the infection. Then, we place a substance called gutta percha where the nerve used to be (the root canal). Finally, a lab in Boise makes dental crowns to be placed over any teeth that had root canals.
3. An Extraction Might Be Necessary
The final option for a tooth . We look at this as a last resort because we want to save as many teeth as possible. However, if there is not a lot of tooth structure left or not enough bone holding the tooth in place, an extraction is necessary.
Why See Your Boise Dental Office Before You Get a Toothache
Many people wait to see their dentist until they feel pain. You shouldn’t have to deal with such a painful experience, especially when most dental issues are completely preventable.
Instead of waiting until you have a toothache, head over to Horizon Dental, your North End dentist, for an examination. We are in two convenient locations, have a state-of-the-art clinic, and are a family-oriented practice.
Instead of waiting for an emergency, let’s work together to prevent one. Come see us for annual examinations and regular cleanings. You’ll be glad you did!