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A toothache is generally defined as a pain deep in your gums or within a single tooth. Regardless of the overt symptoms, you should always take a toothache seriously, as it is almost always a warning sign of a much more significant problem.

If the toothache is related to a recent or immediate trauma such as a blow to the face or a hard fall, it is possible that you’ve suffered some damage to the internal structures of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This can also help to 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. Neither of these are long-term solutions, though.

Most toothaches are related to some form of tooth decay. If Dr. Christopher McGonigle doesn’t repair or restore the decayed tooth quickly, it could lead to much more serious complications, such as an abscess or other serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache, you should call Advanced Dental Care as soon as possible, at 781-272-2875 to schedule an appointment.