A dull ache or sharp pain in a tooth, or a feeling of pressure in the gums, can be a serious moment of distress. Should you feel a toothache of any magnitude, you should not delay in seeking professional treatment at W Dental Group. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to experience serious complications.
Toothaches are often linked to untreated tooth decay. This can be especially disconcerting if an infection or abscess has formed deep within your gums. To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Watkins might need to perform a root canal.
At the same time, a recent oral trauma, such as a hard fall or blow to the face, can also cause a toothache if the damage traumatizes the root or other internal structures of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. If there is swelling in your lip or cheek, you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.
Rubbing a topical oral analgesic on the surrounding gums or holding a cold compress to your cheek might provide some temporary relief from pain. This is not a long-term treatment strategy; it is only meant to provide relief while you set up your appointment.
If you are experiencing toothache pain and you live in the San Antonio, TX, area, you should not delay in calling 210-526-0925 to have it diagnosed and treated by Dr. Watkins.