Multiple Solutions That May Be Used to Address a ToothacheGeneral Dentistry < Do you find one or more teeth to be more sensitive than normal? Are you experiencing internal dental pain that makes it difficult to get through the day? If you are struggling with a toothache, an appointment with a dentist is critical to determine the cause of the problem and find a solution to treat it and keep it from worsening. What are some ways to treat a toothache? There are a few different resolutions to a toothache, depending on the cause: Dental filling. When cavities develop, they can cause a severe toothache that makes it difficult to eat or drink due to increased sensitivity. If a tooth is bothering you, it may have a cavity that has reached the dental pulp and is causing internal pain. Dental decay can be easily found and treated with dental fillings, which are made of a composite resin material and are tooth-colored, ensuring discreet treatment of otherwise noticeable areas of decay. Dental crown. A dental crown, or cap, is a dental restoration made of porcelain that is designed to cover an entire tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are a common treatment performed by Dr. Heather F. Fleschler and her team. Patients with large dental decay or traumatized, injured teeth may benefit from a customized dental crown over the tooth, offering an extra layer of protection and strength. Root canal therapy. In cases where patients have a serious infection within the tooth or an abscess that has developed, they may need to see an oral surgeon to learn more about a procedure known as root canal therapy or endodontic treatment. This is a treatment in which an oral surgeon will access the inner canals of the tooth, remove the dental pulp and tissues, and seal the tooth to save it from extractions. Root canal therapy is a last-resort effort to save a significantly damaged or infected tooth. What should I do if I have a toothache? Dr. Heather F. Fleschler of Houston, TX, is a dentist who can help patients determine the cause of their discomfort and find an effective and affordable solution. If you live in the community and need immediate care and attention for a toothache, call the office at 713-660-6500 to request an appointment.