The gums around my teeth, that have a cavity in them hurt very badly. I have taken Ibuprofen, Tylenol and nothing seems to touch the pain.
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Okay. So I'm no expert but I've recently went through MAJOR dental pain. I had 3 different teeth that would bother me and quite often all at the same time. Before I was able to come up with the money to see a dentist I took a trip to my local drug store. After trying this brand and that brand I finally came across Anbesol (Oral Anesthetic Gel) and it worked WONDERS!!! I would also recommend Excedrin, Advil, or Tylenol to keep the pain away. Use as directed. As far as immediate tooth ache relief I swear by Anbesol. I actually have some sitting in front of me right now!
I feel for you. Get to the dentist ASAP because toothaches don't go away! It may subside but the cause of the pain is still there.
Before the appointment, write down everything you can remember about it:
When it started, what started it, description of pain -gnawing,sharp,throbbing,burning (it helps them decide if there is nerve involvement),what makes it better or worse,constant and keeps you from sleeping?
Remedies until appointment:
1- Swish the mouth out with warm salt water and spit.
2- use dental floss to dislodge any particles stuck that may be causing pain.
3- use acupressure by rubbing in a circular motion the thumb and tip of index finger.
4- place an ice cube in thin cloth and apply to outside of mouth. Beware... ice may make it worse. If so, use warm cloth to jaw.
5- clove oil on a cotton ball. It only lasts short time.
6- Benzocaine OTC with cotton ball.
7- Bourbon on cotton ball.
8- Peppermint tea bags warmed and squished between teeth.
9- garlic mashed with dash of salt packed into decayed area.
10- onion as above.
11- Hydrogen peroxide swish and spit. It not only rinses the teeth but may attack some organisms causing pain.
I hope these measures are helpful. I'm sure other members will contribute some home made remedies.
Just remember that if, miraculously, the pain disappears, the tooth is not cured. It will come back and probably be worse !
if the nerve is exposed AVOID ORAJEL. I learned the hard way. It will make the pain 1000 times worse. the only thing that worked for me is 800mg Motrin or you can take four 200mg tablets. I tried Aleve and Tylenol 3 and they didn't work. at this stage in the toothache you gotta get some antibiotics before seeing the dentist
This is an old thread but i do have something to add here. A couple of years ago i had extreme tooth pain and ended up with cellulitis of the jaw. It was excruciating. Once the cellulitis went away with antibiotics and the tooth was still hurting i went to the ER and the physicians assistant told me to take benadryl (the little pink allergy pills) and crush them up in to a fine powder. Afterward add some warm water a few drops at a time until it becomes like chunky toothpaste. Use a Q-Tip and soak the benadryl then put it directly on the bad part of the tooth. Rub it all over the aching gums and everything.
Lidocaine doesnt work for me because i metabolize it too fast, however the benedryl numbs up the whole area.
I also recommend the mini red cross kit from the drugstore with the mini cotton pads and utensil. It has a liquid (clove) that numbed my tooth so good I swear my eyes watered up from relief. I originally passed this over for the anbesol because I never heard of it . Believe me I tried everything else listed in this forum and this worked immediately and lasted the longest. I am paying it forward as I too needed advice before I could see a dentist for a lost filling. Good luck.
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