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A sharp pain in one or two of your teeth or a deep ache in your gums is most commonly called a toothache. A toothache pain is almost always a serious warning sign that demands immediate attention.

If the toothache is related to a recent trauma like a blow to the face or other accident, it could mean the internal structure of the tooth has been damaged. Oftentimes rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water will clear any blood or debris and sooth the gums. You might want to also try to apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.

If the pain of your toothache slowly builds up and isn’t linked to any obvious trauma is often a sign of infection or advanced tooth decay. This is even more likely if that tooth has recently developed a cavity, an unexplained fracture, or suffered a lost filling.

For temporary relief of pain, you can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic. Clove oil also works well. 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 recently developed a toothache you need to call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained staff can help remedy the problem before it develops into something even more serious!