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Pain and pressure radiating deep within the gums or teeth is almost always a symptom of a serious problem in your mouth. Ignoring toothaches greatly increases your chances of suffering serious complications.

Usually, a toothache is the result of untreated tooth decay. It often means that the decay has reached the sensitive pulp or root of the tooth. In extreme cases, it could even be the result of an infection or abscess forming in the gums. The severity of the decay will determine the treatment options your dentist, Dr. Brian Scaff, recommends for you.

If you suspect that a recent or direct oral trauma, like a blow to the face, has caused the toothache, there are a few things to consider. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. If the tooth is damaged in some way, it likely means the interior pulp or root has been injured and could require a root canal.

You can try rubbing topical oral analgesic onto the surrounding gums for temporary relief of toothache pain. Just keep in mind that while this might numb the area in the short term, it shouldn’t be used as an effective treatment for the underlying problem.

If you have a toothache in Austin, Texas, you should not delay on contacting Dr. Brian Scaff at 512-792-2688 to seek timely treatment.