Posted .

Pain localized within a tooth or in the gums is often a salient sign of a significant oral issue. While you might find some minor relief from a topical oral analgesic, you should not delay in seeking professional treatment at Barré Dental Care.

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 disconcerting if an infection or abscess has formed deep within the gum tissues. In many cases, the tooth can be treated and restored via a root canal. In an extreme case, your dentist, Dr. Barton Barré, might need to extract the tooth and any infected material in the gums.

A toothache could also be the result of trauma caused by a hard fall or blow to the face. 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 await your appointment at Barré Dental Care.

If you have a toothache in Harvey, Louisiana, you should not delay in calling 504-367-0355 to seek timely treatment at our clinic.