San Jose Dental Emergency – Toothache

A toothache can happen anytime, but many seem to occur in the evening or on the weekend. This can be very frustrating and inconvenient. You may have big plans with family and friends, or may be looking forward to some rest and relaxation. If a dental emergency happens in the evening or during the weekend, it can be difficult to find needed care. Symptoms may include throbbing, aching, swelling, and temperature sensitivity.

Dr. Antonious has been serving the San Jose area for decades, and has extended hours to treat San Jose residents who are in need of a dental emergency visit. Fillings, crowns, Invisalign orthodontics, extractions, and other services are offered as well.

Tooth injuries and toothache pain are common occurrences. Some possible causes are a broken tooth, an infected tooth, and accident trauma. Both children and adults may be affected by these issues. Fear causes some patients to put off regular dental treatment even when they are in pain. Whatever the cause, it is best not to delay a dental emergency visit, because the underlying problem may get worse.

Preventative Care

The expression “Prevention is the best medicine” is true when it comes to dental health. To help your teeth and gums remain healthy, it is important to establish a daily dental hygiene routine that includes brushing for at least two minutes three times a day and flossing at least once a day. Children’s teeth also require daily care. Professional cleanings by a dental hygienist or dentist are recommended twice a year. These regular appointments decrease the chances of experiencing a dental emergency. San Jose residents are welcome to contact us to schedule a preventative dental visit.

During most dental emergency appointments, an x-ray is taken to help definitively identify the source of the toothache. If an infection is causing the pain, an antibiotic may be prescribed. The antibiotic will not cure the toothache, but may mask the symptoms until the source of the infection is treated. Infected or abscessed teeth are often treated with root canal therapy. Root canals are usually highly effective and provide relief of tooth pain in most cases. A crown is normally recommended following a root canal to strengthen and protect the tooth.

Sometimes the decay is too extensive, or the bone surrounding the tooth is too damaged to do a successful root canal. In this case, an extraction may be needed. A San Jose area dentist can perform whichever procedure your situation requires.

Fortunately dentistry has made some exciting advancements in the last several years, and there are many available options to replace a missing tooth. Partial dentures, and bridges have been in use for many decades, but materials used in these appliances have vastly improved.

Dental implants are the newest and most ideal and modern method of tooth replacement. Three obvious advantages of dental implants are: 1. They are not removable like full and partial dentures, 2. The adjacent teeth do not need to be cut as they do in dental bridges, and 3. The implant stimulates and preserves the surrounding bone.

If you require an extraction to relieve your toothache pain, your dentist will explain all of these options and help you choose a treatment plan that fits your budget and circumstances.