I received a desperate call from a person who had an toothache, so bad that they had been up all night taking ibuprofen and nothing was taking away the pain. I met them at the office, looked in their mouth, saw the tooth that was partially there and took an x-ray. It was obvious from what I saw and the x-ray that this tooth needed to be removed to alleviate the pain. I explained that the broken tooth needed to come out and then gave some options as to what procedure to fill the gap with. The choices were: bridge, partial, or an implant.