A toothache can be caused by several different things. 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 the source. Regardless of the underlying cause, a toothache should always be seen as a warning sign of something that demands immediate attention.
If you believe that the toothache was caused by a recent trauma like an accidental hard fall or a blow to the face, it might have had enough force to damage to 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 might can also help to soothe injured or sensitive tissues.
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 hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.
Most toothaches are related to some form of tooth decay. Dr. Douglas A Deam can address the decayed tooth quickly to prevent further complications, such as an abscess or other serious infection in the gums.
If you have a toothache, or you would like to know more about how to best handle a toothache in Coral Gables, Florida, you should not delay in calling our office at 305-443-4713 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.