Here at W Dental Group, our team of dental professionals has seen a wide range of oral traumas, tooth decay issues, and damaged teeth. In our experiences, we have found that a toothache is almost always a symptom of a more serious problem that needs timely treatment.
Untreated tooth decay tends to be the most common cause of a toothache. This kind of pain localized in a single tooth often means the decay has penetrated the sensitive pulp or root of the tooth. To resolve this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal.
If the pain is associated with a direct trauma, such as a blow to the face or a hard fall, it likely damaged the internal structures of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also soothe injured gums. If a toothache was caused by trauma and you experience swelling in your cheek, gums or face, you can lightly hold a cold compress to the area for 15 minutes at a time.
You can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic to ease the pain, but it will only be a short-term solution to something that is likely to cause long-term complications.
If you have a toothache in San Antonio, TX, you need to call us at 210-526-0925 to seek timely treatment from your friendly dentists, Dr. Watkins and Dr. Desai.