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A toothache can be related to several different factors. While it is most often a result of advanced tooth decay compromising the sensitive internal structure of a tooth, there are more banal factors at play. Regardless of the source a toothache should always be seen as a warning sign that a more serious problem is afoot.

If you’ve experienced a direct trauma such as a blow to the face or a hard fall, it could be that the pulp or root of the tooth was also damaged. If you have blood and debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This can also have the added benefit of soothing injured gums.

You can try to rub the surrounding gums with a topical oral analgesic for temporary relief of the pain. However, you should consider this a stopgap measure. It can never be an effective long term treatment.

If the toothache is caused by an ignored or undiagnosed cavity, you will need to have one of Adrienne L. Fang, DDS’s dentists repair the tooth to stop the pain. Left ignored it could potentially lead to a serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache, you should not hesitate to call Adrienne L. Fang, DDS’s Valencia, California office at 661-253-0588 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find a timely resolution to this serious problem.