The gums around my teeth, that have a cavitiy in them hurt very badly. I have taken Ibuprofen, tylonal and nothing seems to touch the pain.
29 Mar 2013
I have "rampant tooth decay" due to medical conditions, medications, and over-brushing my teeth and brushing the enamel off (a touch of OCD right there ;) ), and I have the same problem. Advil works well if you can use it, but I can't. Excederin worked well when I was still able to take it, yet another medication I can't take. I was given a prescription for viscous 2% lidocaine, and while that works for 15-20 minutes, the pain comes back when it wears off. What I've found to work best is, now trust me on this, is swishing Listerine in my mouth for about a minute. Make sure it has methyl salicylate in it, too. I think that's what makes it work. When I do that, and keep a heating pad (covered and on low heat) on the part of my mouth that hurts, it gets rid of most of the pain.
29 Mar 2013
Many times Dentist will call in prescriptions when it is Friday and they know you will be in pain all weekend
If that did not work I would use 800 milligrams of advil every 6 hours and Tylenol every 4 hours
I would use the numbing Meds like orajel but I would also put aspirin directly on the tooth that is hurting
29 Mar 2013
You should really be alarmed!I was in that situation before th dr diagnosed me with Neuropathy!I did some research and find out that an previous tooth extract caused severe damage to my nerve endings in my mouth!we should never treat the symptom we can create more damage its 2013 and iv only experienced this severe toothache now and the extraction took place 20years ago!strange hey!previous mouth surgery can damage your nerve ending!I no!because iv experienced it and th only surgery I had was that extraction than.we must be proactive with our whole Being!its the only Body we have!all of th best.
10 Nov 2014
I know this is an old thread but after reading 5million posts since I have been in agony on and off for 5 weeks with severe pain..swollen jaw non stop throbbing that everytime i thought would go away it simply moved to a new spot on my mouth..ive been on minocycline and percocet and no relief.it actually got bad enough I cut my gums with an exacto blade to relieve pressure..the one thing that finally worked was oregano oil I got from a herbal shop.I applied it directly to the swollen area and tooth then swallowed the run off..finally 48 hours minimal pain just a slight ache every now and then. I hope this helps someone cause jeez I know how horrible any pain in The mouth can get and how relentless they can be too.
11 Dec 2014
I used an off label OTC med. Called "Kanka" made for canker sores but didn't have orajel on time and pain hurt to bad and on a weekend of course! The Lanka is amazing it numbs stronger than anything but heals infection great. Guess its because canker sour is open sore and its heals that why not tooth infection. Worked for years I tell all with toothache the same and I get big thank you later and smiles at no more pain. Only down side don't drink after you apply it . it creates a film were ever you put it but numbs great even though shows same major pain med in orajel works much stronger just can't explain why. But works! If you drink it will wash it away. Other one is warm salt water swish. Not hot not cold but good warm. Warm will sooth salt is naturally healing. Don't drink swish ( slowly carefully if in major pain) and spit out or open mouth and let fall out. Some spit hard it it can hurt. Swishing quick can cause pain to just go slow.
At times of severe pain I'd swish and just hold a bit so salt water sat on bad tooth area. Warm does sooth . hot can be more painful just like ice water if you teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. I do just below hot but warmer than room temp. But for severe pain Kanka. If dentist OK amoxacillian anti biotic works good for bad infection but ladies... Yeast infection alert here. Of course not all will get one but common for this med. I get doc to order diflucin ( pill for yeast infection) take it 24 hours after start antibiotic and usually don't get it. Yeah who needs tooth ache and yeast infection at same time. Hope this helps. Kanka has saved many teeth from being pulled. Salt water more for minor issue with teeth before major bad.
11 Dec 2014
I would NOT be without Myrrh Extract Tincture as I have a kinda chronic tooth issue and when it flairs up I hit it with the Myrrh and it goes away. I saved myself from a major dental work, as dentists would love to do their work and make their money.
Grape seed extract for 19 yrs I've been taking it, also keeps gums healthy... check it out...
13 Dec 2014
Hi. What I do when I have tooth pain (besides Orajel) is gather together all the different OTC pain meds I can find in my medicine cabinet. Really! My bf suggested it. So I take one or two aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, acetaminophen (is that Tylenol?), naproxen... whatever I have. And not once has that not worked!
24 Mar 2015
From what I experienced, it may help to hold cold water in your mouth, replenish it constantly (when it goes warm). I'm going through this type pain right now. Generally, before it's severe pain, you will have some warning sign a tooth needs attention. Don' wait, get it taken care of then.
19 May 2015
So I wanted to say about the cold water is once you get into the habit it can be hard to break and it can make the pain much worse as after a while your teeth begin to throb. I have cried over the pain that in the beginning was mild irritation. The best thing to do when that happens is to suck it up and deal with it until the throbbing goes away.
As an EMT who once had their stomach pumped don't take all of the over the counter pain killers. That just spells disaster.
4 Jun 2015
I am aware that this is an old article but I'd like to share my wisdom. I have tried the mouth wash, orajel, vanilla extract, salt water, and painkillers. In my opinion the mouth wash works the best when it hurts but not when it's severe. For severe tooth pain I've found that peroxide will completely stop the pain along with headaches and such from the tooth. What I do is let the peroxide bubble for about 5-10 minutes (it may feel weird or sting a tad bit but the results are well worth it!). Do not swallow the peroxide of course. I hope this but of information is useful because last night the pain in my tooth was unbearable and I wasn't near my home or peroxide and my Listerine was doing nothing for me, got home this afternoon with the entire side of my mouth hurting and a pain in my neck with a headache. The peroxide saved me from that extreme pain. :)
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