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If a toothache hurts for 3 days, what would the dentist likely do with the tooth when you go to the appointment?

I had a toothache for 3 days. What would the dentist most likely do with the tooth when the appointment comes: root canal, extraction or do a regular cavity filling? (I know that the tooth is still affected, even though it stopped hurting.)

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Well they would first get X-rays to see if there is a cavity. If there is a cavity they would most likely just drill and clean out the cavity and do a filling if it's small and simple. Root canals are used when the cavity extends down into or close to the root. And extractions are normally used only when the tooth is too far gone to save or maybe the cost of the root canal is too much.

If the dentist can't see a cavity on X-ray, I don't think they would do anything. I could be wrong but all three of those options are treatments and if there is nothing wrong - what are they treating?

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When you go for the appointment, the dentist will first determine whether your toothache is being caused by pulpitis or dental abscess. If what you are having is a pulpitis, the dentist will do a simple filling and the toothache will disappear in a couple of days. If you are having a dental abscess, the dentist might extract the tooth or perform a more complicated filling commonly known as root canal treatment.

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