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While most toothaches are the result of untreated tooth decay, it is also possible for an oral trauma to cause a toothache. It often results in significant dental damage that affects the pulp, root, or socket of the tooth. Sometimes it can take a few days for a toothache to surface.

If the initial oral trauma left you with blood and debris in your mouth, you can gently 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 numbing agent, like Anbesol, on the surrounding gums or holding a cold compress to your cheek might provide some temporary relief from pain. Just keep in mind that this is not a long-term treatment strategy; it is only meant to provide relief while you set up your appointment with Dr. Bryce E. Justesen.

In many cases like this, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen will need to provide an endodontic treatment, such as a root canal. This will excise damaged tissues and rebuild the structure of the tooth so it is sufficient for restoration with a dental crown.

If you are experiencing toothache pain from an oral trauma and you live in the Mesa, Arizona area, you should not delay in calling 480.827.1234 to have it diagnosed and treated at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS.