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A toothache can come in different forms and can be caused by different things. It is generally described as a pain or a feeling of pressure radiating from deep within the gums or localized within one or more teeth. Regardless of the underlying source, you should always see a toothache as serious problem that needs timely attention at Stepp Family Dentistry.

In many cases, a toothache is the result of an untreated cavity. It usually means that the tooth decay has managed to penetrate the sensitive pulp or root of the tooth. In extreme cases, it could even be the result of an infection or abscess forming in the gums. The severity of the decay will determine the treatment options your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, recommends for you.

If you’ve recently suffered a blow to the face or other direct oral trauma, it could also be the cause of a toothache. If the tooth is damaged in some way, it likely means the interior pulp or root has been injured and it might require a root canal.

You can try rubbing topical oral analgesic onto the surrounding gums for temporary relief of tooth pain. Just keep in mind that while this might numb the area in the short term, it shouldn’t be used as an effective treatment of the underlying problem.

If you have a toothache in Bellaire, Texas, you should not delay in calling 713-520-8400 to seek treatment at Stepp Family Dentistry.