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Pain within a single tooth or radiating out from deep within the gums is most commonly referred to as a toothache. While it is most often a result of advanced tooth decay compromising the sensitive internal structure of a tooth, there are also less obvious things that could be at the root of the problem. In any case, a toothache should always be seen as a warning sign of something that demands immediate attention.

If you believe that a toothache was caused by a recent trauma such as a blow to the face, it might have had enough force to damage the internal structures of the tooth. Sometimes this can even happen without any outward signs of damage to the enamel layer of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This 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 your toothache was caused by trauma and there is swelling in your lip or cheek you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.

If the toothache is the result of untreated tooth decay, you will need to have one of Ifantis Dental Care’s dentists treat and repair the tooth before the pain will cease. If the problem goes ignored for too long it could lead to a serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache, you should not delay in calling Dr. John Ifantis’s Morton Grove, Illinois clinic to seek immediate treatment.