How to get rid of a toothache

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What helps a toothache when you don’t have a dentist? They usually develop when it is least expected, and when it strikes, it strikes! It may even go away for a period of time before it strikes again. What do you do to get rid of a toothache?

Is there some way to relieve it on your own besides taking pain medications and applying a cold compress?

Toothache Pain can Strike at the wrong time

It’s Christmas Day. You’re enjoying your annual family gathering, and suddenly pain strikes, knocking you off your feet. Is there something you can do to make your tooth feel better at home?

There are many different remedies that can relieve the pain for a matter of time. However, usually tooth pain means there is a serious problem. Toothaches are a result of an irritated, inflamed, or infected tooth pulp or gum tissue, tooth cracks, decay, root exposure, sinus infection, wisdom teeth, or gum disease. Therefore, the underlying oral health problem will need treatment as soon as you can manage it. It is valuable to learn how to get rid of toothache with simple home remedies. There are simple things that you can do at home.

Cure your toothache temporarily with these home remedies:

How to relieve a toothache with household pain relievers

  • Oil of Clove: Clove oil has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to lessen tooth pain. Cloves possess many medicinal properties. Clove oil is great for reducing swelling. Therefore, it can help fight infection while briefly acting to cure your toothache pain. Make a paste by mixing ground cloves with olive, vegetable, or other cooking oil, and apply directly to the tooth.
  • Warm Salt Water: A warm salt water solution works by extracting fluid from the irritated or infected tissue, decreasing the pressure and swelling on the nerves. The salt also helps fight infection. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish thoroughly.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar and place directly on tooth.
  • Cucumber: You can either place a piece of room temperature cucumber directly onto the tooth, or make a paste by mashing cucumber with salt and packing around the tooth.
  • Tea Bag: A used, warm tea bag placed against the tooth and gum can help relieve toothache pain due to the natural tannins in tea leaves that have numbing properties. Peppermint tea bags may offer the most relief.
  • Salt and Pepper:  Mix equal amounts of salt and pepper with water to make a thick paste. Apply the salt and pepper paste directly to the tooth for several days in a row.
  • Ice Pack: Never underestimate the value of a cold compress for an abscessed tooth
  • Ibuprofen, Advil, and asprin:  20 minutes after taking one of these common over the counter pain medications in addition to many of the above, things will feel better.

Antiseptics that offer temporary relief for tooth infections

  • Baking Soda: Add a heaping teaspoon of baking soda to warm water and rinse, or dip a water-dampened cotton ball into baking soda and place directly on tooth.
  • Salt and Garlic: Chewing raw garlic can help relieve a tooth pain because garlic possesses antibiotic and other healing properties. You can also add salt to crushed garlic cloves and apply the mixture directly to the tooth.  This treatment should be continued for three or more consecutive days.
  • Onion: More than a delicious addition to your meal, onions are known to possess antiseptic properties. You can either chew a piece of raw onion, or put a piece of onion on the affected area to help relieve tooth pain.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide with water. Then, swish around in your mouth near the affected tooth to help relieve pain.

What Happens Once I Make it to the Dental Office?

Hopefully some of the remedies outlined above will help cure your toothache pain for the moment. Even so, it is still important to have everything checked out by an experienced dentist, like Dr. Fondriest. When you arrive for an appointment at our practice, he will perform a full assessment of your affected tooth. X-rays or scans will also be taken to evaluate the health of the root and the supporting jawbone. This will also help Dr. Fondriest identify any cracks or fractures deep within the tooth. Once all information has been gathered, he will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Professional Treatments for Tooth Pain

The treatment used to cure your toothache will depend on the cause of your discomfort. For example, if your pain is caused by a small cavity, a dental filling will suffice. If there is a large area of tooth decay, an inlay, onlay, or dental crown could be necessary.

In the event that a cavity or fracture reaches the nerve, a root canal will be needed. During this treatment, an endodontist (root canal specialist) will numb you and then create an access hole in the top of the affected tooth. He then removes all living tissues, such as nerves and blood vessels, from inside the tooth. This eliminates infection at its source. Next, the canals and pulp chamber are filled, and the tooth is sealed. Oftentimes a crown is also placed to reinforce the tooth.

In severe cases, tooth extraction may be necessary. For example, if a fracture extends all the way down the length of the tooth into the root, it cannot be saved. If an extraction is recommended for you, we will also discuss the two main teeth replacement options: a dental bridge or a dental implant with you before removing the tooth.

The best way to cure a toothache is to go to your dentist

Household toothache remedies will only serve temporarily. If you are suffering from toothache pain, contact Dr. Fondriest, for help. Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, he can treat a toothache.