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A toothache is never something to take lightly. While some are the result of an oral trauma, like an accidental blow to the face, most toothaches are the result of untreated tooth decay or other issues that have compromised the tooth’s root.

Early treatment improves the options Dr. Alan Stein can use to remedy the pain and restore the tooth. Sometimes the damaged root of the tooth can be treated with a standard root canal.

For a severely damaged or decayed tooth, the only viable treatment option might be for Dr. Alan Stein to extract it. Once your gums have fully healed, he can then help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

There are a few post-extraction care instructions that you should heed to minimize any further complications during the healing process. It’s best to stick to eating a soft-foods diet or avoid chewing in that area of your mouth. You will also need to avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blot clots loose from the incisions.

The incision might weep a little blood for the first few days. You can stop the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped, you can wash away any lingering blood with a gentle, lukewarm, saltwater rinse.

If you use tobacco products, you might want to speak with your physician about a cessation plan. The gum irritation caused by tar and other tobacco chemicals can increase recovery time while making you more prone to developing an infection in the gums during recovery. Try to choose a plan that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum. These can also irritate the gums.

If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee, area and you are suffering with a toothache, you should not delay in calling 615-540-0888 to seek professional treatment at Stein Dental Care.