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Increasing pain, and pressure in a tooth are symptoms of a greater problem that should be addressed by your dentist.

Until the dentist can see you, there things you can do to mitigate the problem. A cold compress or a topical numbing agent applied to your gums may ease the swelling and pain. You can also purchase an over-the-counter pain-reliever or anti-inflammatory to manage the situation.

If the dentist finds that the toothache has been caused by severe decay or trauma to the internal structures, he will likely need to perform a root canal. This procedure will remove the compromised pulp from the tooth, and prepare it for a crown. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. You and the dentist can discuss replacement options after the extraction site has healed.

If you are in the Catoosa, Oklahoma, area and you are experiencing a toothache, you should call 918-937-2787 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Soren Michaelsen at Dental Arts of Catoosa.