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Pain emanating within a tooth or a feeling of pressure or pain in the gums is always a serious cause for concern. A toothache of this magnitude is often a symptom of a more serious problem that needs immediate treatment.

In most cases, toothaches are the result of untreated tooth decay. The pain is usually a salient sign that the decay has reached the pulp or root of the tooth. A feeling of pain or pressure in the gums might also be a sign that the decay has caused an abscess or dangerous infection in the root, socket, or gums. To remedy this type of toothache, your dentist, Dr. John Moreno, will need to directly treat the tooth. This might call for a root canal. In an extreme case, this might also call for tooth extraction.

If you suspect the toothache is the result of a recent trauma to your mouth, like a hard fall or blow to the face, it’s possible that the accident may have damaged the sensitive internal structures of the tooth or gums. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. If there is swelling in your lip or cheek, you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.

Rubbing a topical oral analgesic on the surrounding gums or holding a cold compress to your cheek might provide some temporary relief from pain. This can often buy you enough relief to make it to E. John Moreno DMD Inc. for treatment.

If you have a toothache in Irvine, California, you need to call 949-487-9220 to have it treated at our clinic.