Sharp, throbbing discomfort and exceedingly painful toothaches can introduce themselves without any warning. The cause of a toothache can be diverse, but the usual therapy for a toothache is typically the same: go to an emergency dentist. Most home emergency dental therapies may help in getting rid of toothache pain, but will not resolve the cause of the toothache.
Toothache pain usually conveys itself with symptoms that include:
– A throbbing pain which can either be sporadic or constant.
– An increase in level of dental pain when eating, chewing or drinking cold or hot fluids.
– Intensified pain while lying down or moving the head.
Toothaches can be the consequence of many different reasons that include:
– Dental tooth decay
– Infection around the tooth or gum
– Food debris stuck between the teeth or gums
– Traumatic force to the face, teeth and other dental structures
– A sinus infection (sinusitis) can give the symptoms of a toothache particularly in the upper teeth that are close to the sinus
Alleviating an emergency toothache when it occurs can be difficult to achieve but there are several things that you can do to help ease the pain of even the severest toothache. Prior to seeing an emergency dentist, you can try the following:
1. First, take three pills of Ibuprofen at 200mg so that the total equals 600mg. You are able to take 600mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. This works to help the pain as well as the swelling.
2. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
3. Use dental floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food debris.
4. Soak a cotton ball with alcohol such as whiskey and apply this fitted cotton ball directly on the tooth that is causing the discomfort. Maintain it there until all the whiskey has drained out of the ball of cotton.
5. Mash up a clove of fresh garlic and place this within a piece of gauze. Compress the gauze until you feel the garlic oils extruding out. Apply the gauze with garlic directly on the tooth that is causing pain for 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic, repeat this again after one hour.
6. Apply an over-the-counter topical anesthetic containing benzocaine (such as oragel) immediately on the irritated tooth and gum to temporarily treat the discomfort. Do not put aspirin or other painkiller directly against the tooth, as will burn your gums and cheek.
7. Call an emergency dental clinic and inform them of your situation. Try to set up a dental appointment as soon as possible.