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Tooth pain is quite troublesome and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are things you can do to eliminate the pain. First, you need to identify the culprit behind the discomfort. This could be something as little as having a piece of tooth stuck in your teeth or as major as:

-Tooth damage: When you break or chip a tooth, especially if the damage extends to the internal layers of the tooth, it can cause a lot of pain. A damaged dental restoration (like a broken dental filling or dental crown) can also cause tooth pain. It’s best to visit your dentist as soon as you can and bring the broken pieces of your tooth or restoration to the appointment with you.

-Tooth decay: When tooth decay has attacked a tooth and created a cavity, dental pain is typical. You need to treat the decay as soon as you can so it doesn’t get worse. Usually, your dentist will fix the tooth with a dental restoration, like a filling or crown.

-Tooth infection: When tooth decay spreads to the internal structures of the tooth (the nerves and pulp), it creates an infection, which is very painful. To treat it, oral surgery is oftentimes necessary.

If your tooth pain lasts longer than two days, it’s best to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Brock Barras. That way if a major problem is causing the pain, it can be treated as soon as possible. Also, please remember to call Barras Family Dentistry at 337-235-3395 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to identify the cause of your tooth pain in Lafayette, Louisiana. We look forward to helping you!