A toothache is generally thought of as a pain localized within one or two teeth. However, it could also be used to describe an unnatural pain or pressure radiating from within the gums. There are a variety of things that could cause a toothache. All of them require timely treatment to prevent the symptoms from exacerbating into a much more serious problem.
Sometimes a toothache can result from a blow to the face or other oral trauma. In some cases, the traumatic event could have happened a day or two earlier, but in most cases, the pain is immediate or it occurs within the first 24 hours.
This usually means that some part of the pulp, root or socket of the tooth was damaged. The pain could be structural or the result of inflammation. If it’s not examined and treated, this could lead to other complications, including a dangerous gum infection.
If a blow to the face has caused swelling in your lip or cheek, you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.
In many cases, a toothache is the result of undiagnosed or untreated tooth decay. It often means that bacteria have gained access to the pulp or root of the tooth. This can be especially troublesome if you feel pain or pressure in the gums as it could be a sign of a dangerous abscess or infection in the root of the tooth.
To treat this level of tooth decay, your dentist, Dr. Timothy Yu, might need to perform a root canal. In an extreme case, the entire tooth might need to be extracted to remove infected tissues and prevent an infection from spreading.
If you are suffering from a toothache in Laveen, Arizona, you should call 602-237-8880 as soon as possible to have it treated at Prime Family Dental Care.