Pain is a sure indication that something is wrong. If trapped food is the source of the toothache, gently flossing the area to dislodge the food should give immediate relief. If the pain continues, you may try applying ice. (Wrap ice in a cloth. Apply on the outside of your cheek in the area of pain for 20 minutes, then off 20 minutes.) DO NOT apply heat. DO NOT put aspirin directly on the tooth or gums. Call our office (949) 633-6871 as soon as possible.
Untreated nagging toothache or tooth decay is a gateway to a host of serious dental problems that may result in a toothache. While a cavity may not cause significant tooth pain, the consequences of untreated tooth decay leads to potentially painful bouts of tooth pain.
Small cavities that only involve the enamel are usually painless, and generally go undetected by the patient. Once the decay penetrates through the enamel, it invades the dentin layer of the tooth. At this point the cavity is likely just cold- and sweet-sensitive. As the decay progresses deeper into the tooth, the pain intensifies. Pain from a toothache caused by a cavity is best described as sharp and intermittent.