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Pain emanating within a tooth or gums should always be taken as a serious cause for concern. A toothache of this magnitude is always a sign of a more serious problem arising in your mouth. Timely treatment at Virginia Dental Group can prevent further complications.

In many cases, a toothache can be linked to some form of tooth decay, whether it is an undetected or previously untreated cavity. This can be especially concerning if an infection or abscess has formed deep within the gum tissues.

A toothache could also be the result of trauma caused by a hard fall or blow to the face that traumatized the root or other internal structures of the tooth. 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 is not a long-term treatment strategy; it is only meant to provide relief while you wait to see your dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas.

If you have a toothache in Fairfax, Virginia, you should call 703-385-3800 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment at Virginia Dental Group.