Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

I have a toothache. What could it be?

Do I Need a Root Canal FAQ | Laser DentistryA toothache can indicate a number of different issues. You may have a broken or fractured tooth, or you may be suffering from a dental infection. It's important to note that dental infections or fractures will not go away on their own. You'll need to see your dentist, and the sooner the better. Dental infections can get progressively worse, and eventually lead to tooth loss. Contacting your trusted team at Laser Dentistry is the best thing to do when you have a toothache because the quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can get you back on the path to wellness.

A root canal may be able to preserve your tooth if you have an infection. Dr. Clarke will clean out the infected tissue from inside your tooth through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is removed, it is then sealed with a temporary filling and then given time to heal. After the appropriate healing time has passed, Dr. Clarke will restore it with either a permanent filling or dental crown in order to give your tooth strength and longevity again. Unfortunately, it's not as strong as it was prior to the infection and root canal therapy.

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