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Common symptoms of a toothache include a sharp pain isolated in a single tooth, or a dull ache in the gums. This might also be associated with increased tooth sensitivity in that tooth or the teeth nearby. You should not take symptoms of a toothache lightly. It is often a warning sign that something is seriously wrong inside the tooth or surrounding gum tissues. You should contact Stepp Family Dentistry as soon as possible to have the tooth examined.

If there is a direct trauma such as a blow to the face or a hard fall associated with the pain, it could be that the dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth was damaged. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This can also soothe injured gum tissues.

You can try to rub the surrounding gums with a topical oral analgesic to help soothe the 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.

Oftentimes, a toothache is directly related to advanced tooth decay. If Dr. Cauleen Stepp doesn’t repair or restore the decayed tooth in a timely fashion it could lead to much more serious complications. It could even lead to a serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache, you should call Stepp Family Dentistry as soon as possible, at 713-520-8400 to schedule an appointment.