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A toothache is no laughing matter. In fact, nearly all toothaches are a symptom of a more serious problem. Without timely treatment, the problem will likely exacerbate into a critical problem calling for emergency care. To help determine the cause of your toothache in Paterson, New Jersey, your dentist, Dr. Carlos Rojas, offers the following insights.

If there was no obvious traumatic event that preceded the toothache, then it most likely means that a cavity has penetrated the sensitive interior structures of the tooth. In many of these cases, your dentist will need to perform a root canal to remove any decay or infected structures in the tooth.

If the pain is associated with a direct trauma, such as a blow to the face or a hard fall, it might be that the internal structures of the tooth are damaged. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also soothe injured gums while you set up an appointment at Simple Smiles.

For temporary relief of pain, you might 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, you should not delay in calling 973-977-8181 to seek timely treatment at Simple Smiles.