Remedies for a Bad Toothache.


    Posted by Dr. William Linger, DDS, MAGD


    Anyone that has ever suffered from a toothache knows there is nothing quite like the excruciating pain that is possible. The pain of a toothache can range from mild where it hardly bothers you to severe where it can become debilitating. When you're suffering from severe toothache pain, you have only one thing on your mind: finding relief and finding it quickly.

    To deal with the problem of a toothache, you have to find the cause.

    Toothache causes

    According to Healthy Info Daily, there a few reasons why you may have developed a toothache. These reasons may include but are not limited to:

    • Tooth decay- Teeth, like any other part of your body, can decay. There are several factors involved in tooth decay. Whatever the cause of the actual decay, the consensus is clear that it is excruciating when it happens. It can be accompanied by fever, in addition to the pain of the aching tooth.
    • Abscessed tooth-If you have ever experienced an abscessed tooth, you can attest to the pain it can cause. Your tooth can become abscessed from decay, gum disease, or a broken tooth. If an abscess is not treated the infection can spread and you can become ill.
    • Tooth fracture or damaged filling-when a tooth fractures it can expose the sensitive inside of your tooth or gum. The same can happen if a filling, that is meant to repair tooth decay, breaks.
    • Infected gums-infections of the gums is usually accompanied with swelling, bleeding, bath breath, and a toothache. If the infection isn't treated, it can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. The infection can also spread making you sick.

    Fast relief

    There are quite a few home remedies that will provide fast relief from the pain of a toothache. Some of them are over the counter products like numbing agents that can soothe the ache of the exposed nerves of a tooth. There are also products that contain cinnamon oil which is also a highly effective numbing agent and will definitely help dull the pain.

    Also, you can add a cold compress to relieve swelling as well as a gargle with a saltwater rinse to provide some relief to swollen and infected gums. You can also take over the counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, or ibuprofen that help with both pain and swelling.

    See a dentist

    All of these at-home remedies will temporarily help with the pain. However, they will not address the underlying issue causing your toothache. While you might feel better at the moment, the toothache is going to come back inevitably. What's worse, is that many causes of tooth pain can make you ill. The only real way to remedy a toothache, and not just put a band-aid on the pain, is to schedule an appointment with a dentist right away,

    A dentist can diagnose the cause of a toothache, take whatever steps are necessary to correct and ensure that infection will not spread. They can prescribe antibiotics if needed. You can use some of these at-home remedies to help alleviate the pain after you've been seen by a dentist. Don't mess around with your health.

    While it is tempting just to take some pain relievers and swish with warm salt water, you can jeopardize your health by doing so. There is no need to risk your general health when you can see a knowledgeable professional that can treat the problem. In the long run, you end up saving yourself time, money and most importantly, your health.

    Contact us to schedule an appointment if you're suffering from a toothache and a dentist in the Charlotte area.

    Topics: Dentistry, Dental Health

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