Pain localized within a single tooth or within your gums is commonly referred to as a toothache. Beyond the inconvenience of the pain, a toothache needs to be taken seriously. It is often a symptom of a more serious issue. Without timely treatment, it could develop even more serious complications.

Many toothaches are a result of decay or damage penetrating the sensitive pulp or root inside the tooth. In order to treat the problem, preserve the tooth, and prevent infection, your dentist, Dr. Nicole Holmes, will need to examine it. Then, they can present you with your treatment options.

If you suspect the toothache is the result of a recent trauma, 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 them 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 Holmes Dental for treatment.

If you have a toothache in Fort Collins, Colorado, you need to call us at 970-221-2499 or to seek timely treatment.

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