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Pain that is localized within a single tooth or deep within the gums is most commonly referred to as a toothache. While it is most often a result of advance tooth decay, there are also less obvious things that could be at the root of the problem. In any case, a toothache should always be seen as a warning sign of something that demands immediate attention.

If the toothache is related to recent trauma or 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 signs of damage to the enamel layer of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe injured or sensitive tissues.

You can try to 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.

If the toothache is the result of an untreated cavity, you should seek timely treatment and repair at Stepp Family Dentistry. If the problem goes untreated for too long, it could lead to a serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache in Bellaire, Texas, you should not delay in calling your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, at 713-520-8400 to seek immediate treatment.