How To Get Rid of Toothaches

By Subodh / September 23, 2011

If you have a toothache you should not let it go unattended for too long. Otherwise, worse problems can result. Not talking to a dentist about how to get rid of toothaches could even be potentially fatal.

Make a dental appointment as soon as possible, especially if your tooth or gums hurts so bad you cannot even eat or drink. A number of treatments may be offered to you.

After your dental visit, one of these options of getting rid of toothaches will be presented to you:

  • Find out if you have a cavity, and have it filled. If you have a cavity that is causing a toothache, chances are it can be easily repaired by having a filling applied. More often than not these fillings are constructed from a type of silver.

However, you might be able to find a dentist who will be able to use a filling that is more comparable to your teeth color. Fillings for repair work well after the area where the toothache exists is cleaned and disinfected. Not that not all teeth can be repaired. Some of them need to be pulled out (extracted).

  • Have your tooth pulled. This is a process that a dentist commonly refers to as extraction. After the tooth is gone you may experience some amount of pain once the anesthesia wears off. However, once the wound heals you should no longer feeling any aching.
  • Find out if you need your root canal repaired. This works well in some instances where the pulp and nerve endings of a molar are affected. This pulp and nerve endings can be drawn out and replaced with what is commonly known as gutta-percha.
  • Seek out advanced dental surgery. To help clear up some of the worst cases of toothaches advanced dental surgery may be needed. A specialist would usually perform procedures that are required to help correct abscesses. Advanced steps of reparation may also be needed in the event a person is suffering from TMJ.
  • Find ways to numb the tooth. You are advised to seek a dentist checkup before you complete this step. On the other hand, if the pain is minor and your appointment is not for a week or so you may need to try a painkiller (i.e. paracetamol, aspirin, or mefenamic acid).

Other numbing options include application of clove oil or peppermint oil. The clove oil has natural pain killing properties and the peppermint oil has natural toothing properties. Any other natural substance that has menthol or eugenol in them also would be very beneficial.

  • Apply salt water to the wounded or aching area. This may not work as well as the clove oil or peppermint oil. However, it does help as the salt can help disinfect the wound and the water can help soothe the wound.

Just prepare a moderate amount of salt in some water that is as warm as you can stand it. This is only a temporary solution that lasts for up to 30 minutes. However, if you are on the way to an emergency dentist appointment it can help reduce the agony.

  • Prepare and apply an ice pack or cold compress. You can prepare one that is made out of ice, frozen foods, or cooler packs. You could also freeze a wet towel or wrap ice in a wet or dry cloth. However you choose to do this, of course, you need to be able to put the cold substance on the aching area.

You could try to apply the ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your cheek next to the hurting jaw, tooth, or gum area. This should work, but if you want it to be colder you may need to take a small bit of frozen substance and place it directly on the area where the pain is the strongest.

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