All About Toothache Pain Relief - A Dentist's Remedy Guide
When you have a toothache, pain relief is
the one thing on your mind! But which tooth ache remedy is best? Like
so many things in life, IT DEPENDS. There is no "cure-all", sure-fire
way to get rid of a toothache, apart from taking the tooth out! While
getting the tooth pulled is sometimes the only option, most of the time
it's not necessary. So what are the other options?
The BEST tooth ache remedy depends 100% on figuring out the
CAUSE of your toothache. Once you have an idea of WHY your tooth hurts,
then the correct tooth ache remedy becomes obvious.
But you also want fast toothache pain relief! You don't want
to waste time going through a laundry-list of possible problems! So
I've tried to keep it short and sweet in this guide to
Let's start with the smallest problems first, and work down to
the more serious ones;
- Chipped tooth - A chipped tooth does not normally cause any
pain. It's just a small surface layer of enamel that's missing, and
this shouldn't cause any problems other than some sensitivity to cold
air. If you ARE having problems, then
there's something else going on! Read on!
- Tooth fracture - A fractured tooth means a tooth where a
significant part of the tooth is missing. The most frequent causes are
either a knock or a blow - say, diving into a swimming pool and hitting
the bottom - or else a tooth with a big filling breaks off, losing one
This leaves a big hole in the tooth, which will normally
be quite sensitive to anything getting in there, like hot or cold
drinks, cold air, or food getting packed in.
nerve pain - This is a pain caused directly by the
nerve inside the tooth and nothing else. The most common cause is tooth
decay - in other words, a cavity in the tooth.
Sometimes it can be
caused by a vertical crack running from top to bottom of the tooth,
right along the root. Another possibility is tooth nerve pain caused
by trauma to the tooth, either acute, which means a
sharp knock or blow
to the tooth; or chronic, which means several years of grinding your
teeth or clenching your teeth while sleeping.
erosion - This is the one some toothpaste companies
like to scare you with; have you seen the advert where they shine a
light behind a tooth and show that the light shines through? Then they
tell you it's acid erosion? That's actually a load of nonsense, and I'm
amazed that they can get that advert past Advertising Standards!
Anyway, there IS such a thing as tooth erosion, but it may not be what
infection and toothache - A sinus infection can feel
like a toothache at times, even though the teeth are actually
perfectly OK. The reason is that the roots of the upper back teeth are
very close to your sinus cavities. Sometimes the sinus almost wraps
around the teeth roots. If you get a sinus infection, it can make the
teeth tender to bite on, and you get a pain in your face just above the
abscess. This is where a tooth has an infection next
to it, coming from either the tooth itself, if you have a dead tooth,
or from the gum right next to the tooth.
- Pain after tooth extraction. Obviously, when you have a
tooth out, it's going to be a bit sore when the anesthetic wears off.
But how much pain is normal? How can you tell if the gum has become
infected? Or if you have a dry socket? Find out at pain
after tooth extraction.
Toothache home remedies. As I'm a dentist,
you'd expect me to
advise you to get along to a dentist if you are having any problems
with your teeth, especially if you're on the hunt for toothache pain
relief. And you'd be right!
BUT I also understand that it's not always possible to get to
a dentist quickly, if you're having pain in the middle of the night, on
a weekend, on a business trip, overseas in a foreign country - the list
In these situations it can take a day or more to find a good
dentist, and in the meantime you need some effective toothache pain
relief. Take a look at my guide to toothache