Ibuprofen(Nurofen) is a good, quick , effective relief for most minor toothaches. Having a throbbing tooth can impede your ability to eat, speak, and get to sleep. It’s also more difficult to treat the toothache when you’re in pain, so getting some relief from an over-the-counter pain medicine can help.
- If the pain is intense and/or you can feel it radiating to other neighboring areas such as your ear, head, or throat, then an emergency appointment to your dentist is necessary.
- Use only the recommended dosage printed on the package, or the dosage recommended by your doctor. It is not recommended to take painkillers more than 3 days.
2.Apply cold to the tooth.
Use a food storage bag with ice or frozen peas, cover it with a thin cloth or paper towel, and apply it directly to the tooth or the cheek area just outside the tooth. The cold temperature will help ease the pain. Using an ice pack instead of a bag will have the same effect, but be sure to cover it with a towel.
There are cases of pulpitis when the pain calms down with a warm temperature. If the pain increases with the cold pack, switch to a warm compress.
Do not apply the ice directly to the tooth. This will increase the pain, especially since teeth inflamed by toothaches are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
3.Numb the area.
Buy an over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel (eg Nyal Toothache drops) to help ease the throbbing for a few hours. These gels are applied directly to the affected area and usually work for several hours, but saliva dilutes the effects of the gel and spreads it down your throat or over your tongue so do not swallow any.
4.Try cleaning your teeth thoroughly.
Sometimes flossing out food that has become jammed relieves pain.
5.Rinse with salty water.
Sometimes a sore tooth or gum can be relieved with warm salty mouthwashes. Try this for a few days only.
MAKE A DENTIST APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Toothache may go away with painkillers in the short-term, but it is likely to return.
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