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When you feel pain within a single tooth or pressure in your gums, it is likely a sign of a serious problem. While a toothache can have multiple causes, most of them require urgent treatment at Lewis Family Dentistry.

Many toothaches are a result of decay or damage penetrating the sensitive pulp or root inside the tooth. Without timely treatment, the decay could develop into a dangerous abscess in the gums.

If you’ve suffered 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 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 Dr. Kenneth Lewis’s office for treatment.

If you have a toothache in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you should dial (910) 488.0518 to schedule an appointment for urgent treatment at Lewis Family Dentistry.