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A pain deep in the gums or radiating from inside of a tooth should be seen as a serious warning sign of a more significant problem that is developing. Dr. Seth Rumley strongly suggests that if you have a toothache develop, especially if there’s no direct trauma associated with it, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

If the toothache was caused by recent trauma like a fall or blow to the face it may have damaged the internal structures the tooth in question. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also soothe wounded tissues.

If the toothache pain isn’t linked to any obvious trauma, and it continues to rise or if it radiates or you feel pressure in the gums, it could be a sign of infection or advanced tooth decay. This is even more likely if that tooth has recently developed a cavity, an unexplained fracture or a lost filling.

You can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic, for some temporary relief. 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.

If you have a toothache, you should call Dr. Seth Rumley as soon as possible at 919-847-8074 to schedule an appointment.