Relieving A Chronic Toothache

El Paso, TX, Root Canal

If you experience a toothache that lasts more than 24 hours, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. This condition cannot wait until your next scheduled checkup, as it is a common symptom of a dangerous infection. Without treatment, bacteria could break off a deposit in your tooth’s inner chamber and travel through the bloodstream. By scheduling an emergency appointment, we can examine your problem tooth to determine if you need a root canal. With local anesthetics, this procedure should be no more uncomfortable than placing a common dental filling. Because root canal treatment permanently alters the structure of your tooth, we complete the procedure by placing a crown to restore your tooth’s function and appearance.

At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we know that sudden emergencies can strike when you least expect them. That is why we offer appointments outside of normal business hours to offer your relief when you most need it. After getting your pain under control, we can review the conditions that led to your infection. We could schedule regular checkups and cleanings to improve your oral health and help prevent any future toothaches.

How Infections Form In Your Teeth

When a tooth is healthy, it enjoys the protection of a strong enamel layer. This hardest material in the human body takes on hundreds of pounds of your bite’s pressure. Healthy oral hygiene practices clear your teeth’s surface of any plaque deposits that can wear away at this critical layer. We ask that you report any sudden injuries to your dentist as soon as they occur. While a scratch or chip may seem superficial, we can determine if the seal of your enamel breaks. When it does, we recommend placing a dental bond or filling before an infection can enter. Staying on top of your regularly scheduled dental checkups can help ensure that cavities never reach this point.

Providing A Root Canal To Treat Your Aching Tooth

At your emergency checkup, we will help you get your pain under control and take an X-ray of your problem tooth. If we discover a bacterial infection, we will perform a root canal to relieve pressure on your dental nerve. The body’s immune system creates an inflammatory response that swells tissues within the tooth, setting off pain to let you know something is wrong. After clearing all decaying material, we place a dental crown to restore your bite and return your tooth’s healthy appearance. To care for your crown, continue attending cleanings on a regular basis.


To find out more about how we can treat your pain from a dental infection,  contact your Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.