02/05/2010  |  
What Do You Do About a Severe Toothache

Anytime you have a toothache, the first thing most people do is reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. While this may provide some temporary relief, to discover the cause of your toothache and the right treatment, you will need to see a dentist. Your dentist will determine the exact cause of your pain. Specifically, he or she will determine whether it is due to decay or trauma to a tooth involving the central pulp tissue containing the nerve—the most common cause for severe toothache. This will require endodontic (“endo” = inside, “dont” = tooth) treatment or what is commonly referred to as a root canal treatment, which will remove the pain and allow you to keep the tooth.

Learn more in this consultation article on endodontics, A Severe Toothache.

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