Seeking Relief For Your Sudden Toothache

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When you wake up with a toothache, it can put a damper on your entire day. Concentrating on basic activities becomes a real chore. You may not even be able to eat or drink without experiencing serious pain in your sensitive tooth. If these symptoms last more than a day, please call our office to examine your smile. If we discover your pain is due to a tooth infection, we recommend treating it right away to prevent oral bacteria from entering your bloodstream to reach other areas of the body. Root canal therapy can clear any foreign material from your tooth’s root and protect against future reinfection. Caught early, this can prevent the need for extracting your tooth.

At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer emergency services to help you get any sudden injury under control. From tooth infections to sporting accidents, your pain cannot wait until your general checkup. Furthermore, treatment helps prevent damage from accumulating more, so do not delay in giving us a call! When injuries leave permanent changes in the structure of your tooth, we can discuss restorative options to return your tooth’s function and appearance!

How Infections Form Inside Your Tooth

Your mouth is teeming with thousands of strains of bacteria at any given moment. A primary role of your tooth’s enamel is to protect the sensitive inner portions of its structure from those bacteria. By practicing a rigorous oral hygiene routine, you remove the sticky plaque that forms on the surface of your teeth from a combination of bacteria and sugar or starch. Unfortunately, poor oral hygiene allows bacterial deposits to emit acid waste that erodes the protection of your enamel. When this erosion creates permanent holes, or cavities, the integrity of your tooth becomes compromised.

When bacteria enter your tooth’s chamber they can form an infectious deposit. Your body responds with an inflammatory signal that swells the tissues within. As tissue presses against your sensitive nerves, pain shoots throughout, alerting you that something is wrong.

Removing Your Infection With A Root Canal

To perform your root canal we will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. Using special tools, we then access the inside of your tooth to fully clean all bacteria and decay within. Because this process alters the outer portion of your tooth, we must reseal it to provide future protection. Placing a dental crown can restore your tooth completely above the gum line to strengthen your smile.


Don’t wait to seek treatment whenever you have a painful toothache. If your symptoms last more than a day, we can examine your tooth to determine if you need a root canal. To find out more about how we help remove tooth infections,  contact your Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.