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Do you know how to treat a painful toothache? If not, you are not alone. Thousands of people wonder what to do with toothaches and too often let them go untreated until the effects are too painful to ignore. That is why, our team here at Cardwell Family Dentistry in Sylva, North Carolina, is proud to offer you some basic information on how to treat toothaches, so you can go back to enjoying your day.

In a nutshell, toothaches can be caused by various things. If you have something stuck between your teeth, this can cause pain and irritation as well as untreated cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, or an infection in your gums or tooth. Understanding the main cause of your toothache is the first step in overcoming the pain.

It is important to note that the first thing you should do at the sign of a toothache is to call your dentist, Dr. Laurin Cardwell right away. That way, you can get the most effective treatment you need to restore your oral health. In the meantime, one thing you can do on your own is to clean out your teeth and the area causing you pain. This will help in case something is wedged tight between your gums and tooth causing the pain.

A cool compress can also help keep the pain down as you await your appointment with the dentist. Once you see your dentist, she will be able to determine the right course of action for your afflicted tooth, which could include antibiotics, draining the infected area, or even a root canal if needed. If you still have questions or need help with your aching tooth, please call 828-631-3567 today and set up an appointment. Our amazing staff is happy to help your smile in any way we can.