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In most cases, a toothache is a symptom of a larger problem. 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. To treat the problem, preserve the tooth and prevent infection, your dentist, Dr. Mauricio Martinez, will need to examine the tooth to develop an effective course of treatment.

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 structure 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 our clinic for treatment.

If you have a toothache in Cape Coral, Florida, you need to call 239.549.0001 to seek timely treatment at Gulf Coast Smiles.