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A pain deep in the gums or inside a tooth should be seen as a serious warning sign of a more significant dental problem. Here at Lewis Family Dentistry, we encourage anyone who is experiencing a toothache to seek treatment as soon as possible.

If the toothache is related to recent trauma, like a fall or blow to the face, it may have damaged the internal structures the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also soothe wounded tissues.

If the toothache emerged gradually over time, it could be a sign of infection or advanced tooth decay. It likely means that the internal structures of the tooth have been compromised. This might require your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Lewis, to perform a root canal, which will remove the infected material and rebuild the structure of the tooth before it can be completely restored with a dental crown.

You can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic for some temporary relief. 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 you have a toothache in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you need to call Lewis Family Dentistry as soon as possible at (910) 488.0518 to schedule an appointment.