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Dental pain comes in many forms–a throbbing ache, tooth sensitivity, pain deep in the gums–and is usually a warning sign that your smile is in jeopardy. Even a minor toothache should be examined by a dentist as soon as possible to screen for signs of an underlying dental issue.

Perhaps the most obvious sign of a dental problem is pain that developed after a hard fall or blow to the face, meaning the teeth and gums may have been damaged. If you can’t come see Dr. Bryce Searle right away, manage the discomfort at home first by rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm salt water rinse and applying a cold compress at 15-minute intervals.

Worsening or pressure-causing dental pain not caused by oral trauma may be a symptom of a dental infection or advanced tooth decay. If you notice a damaged dental filling, small hole or dark spot in a tooth, or an unexplained tooth fracture, contact us right away. In the meantime, a pain reliever or cold compress can reduce dental pain until your appointment at Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry.

Call 801-770-1222 today and speak with a member of your team if you are experiencing dental pain and may need toothache treatment in American Fork, Utah.