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A toothache or a pain deep inside your gums can be from several different causes. Regardless of the source, you should never disregard a toothache as it is almost always a sign that something is wrong with the tooth.

If there was not an event that preceded the toothache, then it most likely means that tooth decay has penetrated the sensitive interior structures of the tooth. In many of these cases, your Susan Evans DDS dentist, Dr. Susan Evans, will need to perform a root canal to remove any areas of decay or infected structures in the tooth.

If you suspect that a direct oral trauma like a blow to the face has caused the toothache, there are a few things to consider. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. If the tooth is damaged in some way, it likely means the interior pulp or root has been injured and might require a root canal.

For temporary relief of pain, you might also want to try rubbing topical oral analgesic onto the surrounding gums. Just keep in mind that while this might numb the area in the short term, it should not be seen as an effective treatment of the underlying problem.

If you have a toothache in Hutchinson, KS, you should not delay on contacting Susan Evans DDS at 620-663-5297 to seek timely treatment.