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Sports injuries that affect the mouth, or suffering a blow to the face during a household slip and fall, can sometimes impact a tooth without any overt signs of damage to the tooth enamel. However, if the blow impacted near the gumline it might be possible for the root of the tooth to have been cracked, fractured, or otherwise traumatized.

Sometimes the initial pain can gradually fade only to return a few days later. This could indicate that inflammation has developed deep in the compromised structures of the tooth. In a case like this, you should not delay in having the toothache treated by a dentist like Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone.

In the interim you might find a little pain relief by gently rubbing a little oral analgesic on the underlying gums to provide some temporary pain relief.

Most toothaches of this severity call for your dentist to perform a root canal. This will extract all the damaged material as well as the enamel layer of the tooth. Your dentist will then restore the root structure of the tooth to prepare an abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown.

If you are in the Metairie, Louisiana, area, and you’ve suffered a toothache from a recent oral trauma you should call 504-832-1164 to have it treated at Shelly Ereth Barone.