How To Ease Tooth Pain Until You Can Get Into the Dentist
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2007
by Dr. Dennis Simmons
Few things are more uncomfortable than tooth pain. You feel like you cannot eat, the pain may be so great that you cannot think, and life with tooth pain can be miserable. To add to your tooth pain misery, you call the dentist and find out that you cannot be seen for days or even weeks! What are you going to do now?!
Luckily there are ways to ease tooth pain at home while you wait to be seen by your dentist. Below is a list of products and methods that you can use to find temporary relief from your aching tooth.
Tooth desensitizers – Most pharmacies will sell over the counter tooth desensitizers. With most products all that you need to do is apply the product to the sensitive area. Within minutes you should be able to notice a difference in how much sensitivity you feel. Tooth desensitizers temporarily cover any sensitive areas of the tooth much like a filling or bonding material. Some desensitizers can last for weeks with only one application. Other brands will require more frequent use.
Pain relievers – Pain reducers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good choices. Remember to follow the labeling instructions and to only take the recommended dosage. Usually you are able to take 1-2 pills (depending on the strength) every 4-6 hours.
Ice to numb – Putting ice on the outside of your face that covers the area of pain can numb the sensation. Make sure that you wipe the icepack with a towel to avoid frostbite and hold the pack in place for 15 minutes at a time and three to four times a day. Reducing the swelling reduces the rush of blood trying to heal the area.
Keep it clean – Sometimes tooth sensitivity is not as big of a problem as you may think. When food becomes lodged in-between teeth it can irritate the gum line and cause discomfort. Sometimes all you need to do to relieve that pain is to give your mouth a thorough cleaning. Make sure that you brush and floss well so that no foreign food particles are permitted to continue irritating your mouth. If this is your situation, loosening and disposing of the irritant may be all you need to do to relieve your discomfort.
Take a swig – Alcohol has many medicinal uses. If you have a tooth ache consider pooling whiskey over the affected area. The gums will absorb the alcohol and numb the area. After a minute or so of pooling the alcohol over the area, you may spit out the excess.
Leave it alone - Chew on the side of your mouth that doesn’t hurt. I may seem elementary but giving your painful teeth a break may be all that they need to heal themselves. Doing so will allow you to still eat and function like normal. Also, you can avoid further injury to your already weakened tooth by just leaving it alone.
Watch out for temperature extremes – If you have ever had a sensitive tooth you know how painful a cold drink or a hot cup of cider can be. If you have tooth pain you probably also have some degree of tooth sensitivity. Avoiding temperature extremes in the foods that you eat will help to eliminate the painful reactions you may be having.
Dr. Dennis Simmons, DDS, is a leader in Apple Valley cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Simmons is highly experienced in Smile Makeovers, Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry. To get more information on how Dr. Simmons can give you a brilliant smile visit the Twin Cities Dental Center or call (952) 891-8484.
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» left by Anonymous 3 years 195 days ago.
my tooth hurts so bad, i can fill my heart beat inside my tooth!! what are some symptoms that you could have with a toothache? (headache,fever,cold,faint,ex...) what could i do to stop the pain for now..
» left by Mike from SL,UT 3 years 195 days ago.
I have braces. I got them Tightened about 2 weeks ago..but for some reason for the last 3 days they have been hurting. Its now 6:20 am I have been awake for hours trying to numb my mouth. Im 16 so alcohal isnt going to help me.My gums are swelling up...I think that is because my teeth are to close together and my braces are trying to get them CLOSER. I can't get anything *not even floss* in between my teeth.Any Idea..anyone mikehiatt14 at live dot com» left by Abbster from Canada 215 days 17 hours ago.
I went to bed at 9:30 when I usually go to bed at 10 well instead of going to sleep at around 10:30 I went to bed at 12:15 am. As you can see my tooth hurts a lot.... I was sleeping intill I felt this awful pain again in my tooth so I was up at 4 I have to go to school with only a 3 hour and 45 minute sleep. That's doctor dude thing for telling me what to do ( btw my mom set an appointment for next Thursday a week away so I needed your help! Thanks.
» left by emilee from kentucky 3 years 82 days ago.
if your eating something and you bite down on the bad thooth and it hurts right away how can you help it and make the pain go away
» left by Tammy from Columbia SC 2 years 241 days ago.
I had a tooth that had a hole in it. I was in so much pain I could not eat, SLEEP or think most of the time. I was miserable. My entire right side of my face from the top of my head to my neck pained me.I felt like when I would lay down my throat would start to swell close. I could not touch my hair it hurt. Headache was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Guys it was bad. It was the weekend and could not get to the dentist and I really didn't have the money to get it fixed. I went to Dollar General (or drug store) and purchased "DenTek Temparin One Step Lost Filling Repair". Small purple container with a stick in it cost about $5. I packed my tooth with it and took some ibuprofen...OMG. RELIEF. I was able to lay down and go to sleep. I was actually able to go to work pain free for a week, until I could afford to have the tooth removed.
» left by Anonymous 2 years 55 days ago.
» left by Rana karmakar from india,wb 1 year 274 days ago.
its works thnxxxxxxxxx
» left by Mihai from Bucharest 1 year 43 days ago.
old No 7 cured my dental pains, thanks for the tips doc
» left by Seun 1 year 23 days ago.
I have this terrible pain from the right side of my head down to my teeth but the most painful part is from my cheek bone to my teeth.pls what should i do
» left by Jude from 151ne101st 232 days 8 hours ago.
My tooth hurts rely bad can you help
» left by Gopal from Rajsthan, india 195 days 22 hours ago.
My teeth is painfull so badly so can i use ice- cream for relax of pain of theeth for some time.