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Pain localized within a single tooth or within the gums is most commonly referred to as a toothache. While it is most often a result of advanced tooth decay compromising the sensitive internal structures of a tooth, there are also less-obvious causes that could be at the root of the problem. In any case, a toothache should always be seen as a warning sign of something that demands immediate attention.

If you believe that the toothache was caused by a recent trauma, like a blow to the face, it might have had enough force to damage to the internal structures of the tooth. Sometimes this can happen without any outward signs of damage to the enamel layer of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help 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.

If the toothache is the result of untreated tooth decay, you will need to have your dentist, Dr. Jamine Rogers, treat and repair the tooth before the pain ceases. If the problem goes untreated for too long, it could lead to a serious infection in the gums.

If you have a toothache in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, you should not delay in calling Shoals Smile by Design at 256-314-0676 to seek timely treatment and prevent further complications.