An ache or pain in one or two of your teeth or a deep ache in your gums is a serious cause for concern. A toothache should always be seen as a warning sign that something serious is happening in your tooth or gums.
If the pain is connected to a recent trauma such as 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.
A toothache, where the pain slowly builds up and isn’t linked to any obvious trauma is often a sign of infection or advanced tooth decay. This is even more likely if the tooth has recently developed a cavity, an unexplained fracture, or a lost filling.
For temporary relief of pain, you can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic. 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 recently developed a toothache you need to call us at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained staff can help remedy the problem before it develops into something even more serious!