A toothache is generally defined as a pain deep in your gums or within a single tooth. Dr. David Wilhelm strongly advises you to always take a toothache seriously, as it is most often a symptom of a much more significant problem.
If the toothache is related to a recent or immediate trauma–such as a blow to the face or an accidental hard fall–it’s possible the accident damaged the pulp or root of the tooth as well. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might can also help to soothe injured or sensitive tissues.
You can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic for temporary relief of pain. If the toothache was caused by trauma and there is swelling in your lip or cheek, you can try holding a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.
In the experience of Dr. David Wilhelm, most toothaches are related to some form of tooth decay. If the damaged tooth isn’t repaired or restored quickly, it could lead to much more serious complications.
If you have a toothache, it is advisable to call Dr. David Wilhelm as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Our Newport Dental Arts team in Newport Beach, California is here to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile! 949-752-1210