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If you’ve been noticing that a particular tooth has been bothering you for quite a while, or there’s a persistent dull ache in one of your teeth, don’t ignore it. Often, this type of consistent pain is indicative of an underlying problem. All too often, here at William G. Kaylakie DMD, we see people who let toothaches go for too long and they end up needing some sort of cosmetic dental work to restore their smile.

To help you avoid that type of treatment, let’s look further into why you shouldn’t dismiss a toothache.

If you’ve suffered 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.

If the toothache isn’t related to recent trauma and you feel pressure deep inside your gums, it could be a sign of advanced tooth decay or infection. This is even more likely if that tooth has an untreated cavity or has recently lost a filling. Even if there are no overt signs of decay, the tooth will still need timely treatment and repair to alleviate the pain.

Call us today at 512-794-2822 if you need to schedule an appointment and get Dr. William G. Kaylakie‘s professional opinion on the cause of your toothache.