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A toothache might seem like a dental cliché limited to old cartoon characters with a sack of ice wrapped around their face. Unfortunately, in the real world, a toothache is a much more severe problem that requires timely examination and treatment with Dr. Daniel Holsteen.

In many cases, toothaches are the result of an untreated cavity. It often means that the tooth decay has managed to infiltrate and harm the pulp or root of the tooth. If you also experience a radiating pain or feeling of pressure within the gums, it could mean a serious infection or abscess has started to form.

A toothache can also be the result of an oral trauma, such as a blow to the face. Sometimes this can even happen without any overt damage to the tooth enamel. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe injured or sensitive tissues.

You can try over-the-counter pain medication for temporary relief of pain. If you have swelling in your lip or cheek, you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time. These are temporary measures to buy you some relief while you seek professional treatment.

If you are suffering from a toothache in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you should not delay in calling 719-598-3502 to have it professionally treated at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry.