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Toothaches can be caused by several different things. They are most commonly associated with an untreated cavity or a bad filling that has allowed tooth decay to afflict the interior tissues of the tooth. In other cases, a recent dental trauma can compromise the pulp, root, or socket of the tooth causing pain and localized inflammation.

Regardless of the source, any toothache needs to be treated by Dr. James Kinsel at his clinic in Clearlake, California. The longer you delay professional dental care, the more likely you are to experience significant complications. It could even lead to a dangerous infection or abscess forming in the underlying gums.

You might find some short term relief by rubbing a topical, oral analgesic on your gums. Just keep in mind that while this might numb the area in the short term it should not be used an effective treatment option.

During your appointment, Dr. James Kinsel will examine the tooth and take a few X-rays. Once he has diagnosed the source and severity of the problem, he will recommend a course of treatment.

If an area of tooth decay threatens the sensitive internal structure of the tooth a Dr. James Kinsel will need to perform a root canal. This will remove any compromised material and rebuild the structure necessary to secure a dental crown.

If you live in the Clearlake, California, area and you’re suffering from a toothache, you should not delay in calling 707-994-9414 to have the tooth examined and treated at Clear Lake Dental.