A blow to the face can traumatize soft tissues and damage a tooth. Sometimes, the trauma can be so severe that it also affects the pulp, root, or nerve of the tooth.
In a situation like this, applying some basic first-aid can help manage the pain until you can see your dentist. An over the counter pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, topical anesthetic or cold compress can reduce any pain or swelling.
If the pulp has been damaged or infected, the dentist may suggest a root canal. During this procedure, the dentist will remove the pulp of the tooth and replace it with a material called gutta percha. This process will preserve the structure of the tooth so that a crown can be placed during a later appointment.
If you are in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area and you are experiencing toothache pain, you should call 616-364-7039, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacob Miller at Jacob S. Miller, DDS.