Calm tooth nerve pain: What Works and What Hurts
What Works and What Hurts
Your head pounds, your gums throb, and your mouth is sore and tender. You’ve got a toothache. See your dentist ASAP. In the meantime, use these home remedies to get short-term relief.
Until you can get to the dentist, one of the best things you can do is swish warm, salty water around in your mouth. A good mix is half a teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of water. Spit it out, don’t swallow it. You can also gently floss around the sore tooth to remove any bits of food that may be stuck.
Hydrogen peroxide rinse
As an alternative to saltwater, rinse with a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Rinse thoroughly and spit it out. Don’t swallow hydrogen peroxide.
OTC pain relievers
Dentists suggest acetaminophen for children. For adults, take your pick of over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen. If you choose aspirin, swallow it — don’t put it right on the tooth or your gums. That folk remedy doesn’t work and might harm the inside of your mouth.
If your face is swollen, put an ice pack on your cheek for the first 24-36 hours. It may help ease the pain, especially if you’ve chipped your tooth or knocked it loose. Swelling could also mean you have an abscess, a sac of pus and gunk deep in the roots of your tooth. This can cause serious infection in your jaw and other teeth. Signs include fever and red gums.
Apply these pain-relieving gels and liquids directly to the sore tooth and nearby gums. They contain benzocaine, which will numb your mouth for a little while. But they’re meant for short-term use only.
Put some ice in your hand, on the same side of the body as your sore tooth. Rub the ice in the space between your thumb and forefinger for 7 minutes, or until the area turns numb. Why does it work? Researchers believe ice stops pain signals to your brain.
This natural remedy numbs the pain. Rub it directly on the sore area, or soak a cotton ball and dab it against the tooth and gums. It may be as effective as benzocaine, the numbing ingredient in over-the-counter toothache gels.
Toothache Alternative Remedies
In addition to those standard options, there are some alternative remedies you could try. Most of them aren’t proven to work. And any home remedy might make it feel better for a while, but they won’t make your toothache go away.
When you crush one of these cloves, you release allicin, an oily liquid and natural disease fighter. Will it ease the ache? That’s not clear. But you can try chewing a piece of garlic or placing chopped bits on your tooth. It’s safe to try.
With a name like that, this might seem a sure bet to ease your symptoms. Different types of this plant grow all over the world, and the oil is an ingredient in many products. But it’s not clear if this plant really eases dental pain.
Vanilla extract has alcohol in it. The alcohol will numb the pain for a while, and antioxidants in the vanilla may help it heal. Use your finger or a cotton ball to put a small amount on your aching tooth and gum.
A cooled peppermint tea bag may soothe your aching tooth and gums.
In some parts of the world, traditional healers and herbalists use different parts of many other plants to help a toothache. It’s not clear how well they work. These include:
- Painted nettles
- Blue verbena
- Coconut shell
- Guava leaves
- Cola nuts
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Mango bark
- Pawpaw leaves
- Sweet potato
- Sunflower leaves
- Tobacco leaves
When to See a Dentist
See a dentist if:
- You have any pain. Even short-lived pain can mean a dental problem that needs attention.
If you seek dental care:
- The dentist will look at your teeth and may take an X-ray to diagnose the origin of the pain and make treatment recommendations.
- If there are signs of infection, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic.
- Treatment for TMJ may include a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding, stress-reduction techniques, or surgery.
Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Remedies
Whether it’s sharp and sudden or dull and constant, tooth pain is hard to ignore.A toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve in the root of a tooth or surrounding a tooth is irritated. Dental (tooth) infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth are the most common causes of dental pain. Pain may also occur after an extraction (tooth is pulled out). Pain sometimes originates from other areas and radiates to the jaw, thus appearing to be tooth pain. The most common areas include the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ), ear pain, sinuses, and even occasional heart problems.
Bacteria growing inside your mouth can contribute to gum disease and dental decay, both of which can cause pain. Often, gum disease will not result in any pain.
You can prevent the majority of dental problems by flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. The dentist may apply sealants and fluoride, which are especially important for children’s teeth.
Toothache occurs from inflammation of the central portion of the tooth called pulp. The pulp contains nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. Inflammation to the pulp or pulpitis may be caused by dental cavities, trauma, and infection. Referred pain from the jaw may cause you to have symptoms of a toothache. The first step toward relief is to find out what’s wrong.
Could It Be Sensitive Teeth?
If your teeth are healthy, a hard outer layer of enamel covers them to protect the nerves inside. The enamel can wear away over time. When the middle layer of your tooth is exposed, anything you eat or drink can reach your nerve endings.
Gum disease can make your teeth sensitive. Your gums shrink away from your teeth, and that exposes the roots. You also can damage your gums if you brush too hard.
A recent cleaning or a new filling may make you sensitive for a few weeks. Many people feel it after whitening treatments. An old filling that’s loose or damaged can cause it, too.
Could It Be a Damaged Tooth?
Your teeth come under attack every time you eat. Bacteria cling to them until you brush them away. They produce acid, which makes the holes in your enamel called cavities.
Or you could have a crack in a tooth that’s exposed the sensitive inner layers. Maybe you bit down on a cherry pit or were hit in the face during softball.
A cavity or a crack can cause sharp pain and make your mouth sensitive when you bite down. The longer the pain lingers, the more serious the damage is likely to be.
If it’s deep enough, a cavity or crack can let bacteria into the inner layer, called pulp, of your tooth. The pulp can become infected, and that can lead to a buildup of pus called an abscess. The infection can spread to tissue and bone, too.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
This is a common problem brought on by stress, sleep disorders, or a bite issue. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, it can wear away your enamel and even cause a crack.
Could It Be Your Wisdom Teeth?
Teething hurts whether you’re a baby or an adult. You’re likely to feel it when your wisdom teeth start to push through your gums. Food can get stuck under the gum and cause decay and infection.
Could the Problem Be Outside Your Mouth?
Your teeth may hurt because of an issue somewhere else in your body. That’s called referred pain. It can come from:
- Certain kinds of headaches, like cluster and migraine
- Clogged or infected sinuses
- Problems in the joint or muscles that connect your jaw to your skull
In rare cases, a heart attack can cause tooth pain. It’s also a symptom of certain nerve diseases.
Toothache and jaw pain are common complaints. There may be severe pain to pressure, or to hot or cold stimuli. The pain may persist for longer than 15 seconds after the stimulus is removed. As the area of inflammation increases, the pain becomes more severe. It may radiate to the cheek, the ear, or the jaw. Other signs and symptoms that may lead you to seek care include the following:
- Pain with chewing in your teeth or jaw
- Your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold. You’ll feel a couple seconds of pain when something hot or cold hits them. Sweet or acidic foods may bother you, too.
- Bleeding or discharge from around a tooth or gums
- Swelling around a tooth or swelling of your jaw
- Injury or trauma to the area
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen glands
These signs and symptoms may sometimes be associated with dental decay, tooth fracture, or gum disease (periodontal disease). Dental decay or an area of redness around the tooth’s gum line may point to the source of pain. If you tap an infected tooth, it may make the pain more intense. This sign may point to the problem tooth even if the tooth appears normal.
When to Seek Medical Care for a Toothache
Don’t put off a trip to the dentist if your teeth hurt. Cavities and cracks get worse over time. You should call your doctor or dentist about a toothache when:
- Pain is not relieved by over-the-counter drugs
- You have severe pain after a tooth is pulled; this may occur on the second or third day after tooth extraction. This is a result of the clot falling out and bone exposed until a new clot can cover the exposed bone. The condition is known as alveolar osteitis or “dry socket syndrome.” If you develop this condition, you should see a dentist within 24 hours.
- Pain is associated with swelling of the gums or face, or you have discharge around a tooth; fever is an important sign of infection in dental disease. Simple dental decay (caries) does not cause fever. These signs may signify an infection surrounding the tooth, the gum, or the jaw bone (mandible). Fever and swelling may indicate the presence of an abscess. Dental abscesses may require antibiotics and surgical opening (drainage) of the abscess. When this procedure is recommended to be done inside the tooth (endodontic drainage), “root canal” therapy is performed.
- Broken or knocked-out teeth occur from an injury; unless associated with more severe injuries, your dentist should be contacted as soon as possible. Swallowed teeth and permanent tooth loss are considered dental emergencies. Tooth loss due to injury (traumatic loss) is treated differently in children who have lost their primary teeth than in older children and adults with injury to their secondary — or permanent –teeth. If a child’s permanent (adult) tooth is fully knocked out, try to gently rinse it off and re-implant it as soon as possible and seek dental care. If you are not able to get it back in place it in a small amount of milk or even water and seek dental care.
- Pain is present at the angle of your jaw; if every time you open your mouth widely you have pain, it is likely that the TMJ has been injured or inflamed. This can occur from an injury or just by trying to eat something that is too big. Your dentist may be able to suggest solutions to this problem.
- Wisdom teeth are causing pain; as wisdom teeth (third molars) are coming into the mouth — or erupting — they cause inflammation of the gum around the visible portion of the crown. The gum overlying the crown may become infected. The tooth most commonly involved is the lower third molar. The pain may extend to the jaw and ear. There may be swelling in the affected area so that the jaw cannot be closed properly. In severe cases, pain in the throat and the floor of the mouth may make it difficult to swallow.
Any history of trauma, chest pain, or heart disease, or rashes may suggest causes of pain other than purely dental origin. These symptoms with toothache or jaw pain indicate that you should visit your doctor or a hospital’s emergency department.
- High fever or chills: This may indicate a more widespread infection that might require more than antibiotics by mouth.
- Recent head or face injury: If you experience headache, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms that concern you after an injury to your face or mouth, you may have a more serious injury in addition to your dental injury.
- A facial rash associated with a toothache: This condition may improve with medication. The doctor should be able to decide what is appropriate.
- Any jaw pain occurring with chest pain: Although jaw pain is most commonly caused by dental disease, it is sometimes referred pain from other areas. People with heart disease, especially people who have had stents placed, people with diabetes, or those who have had heart surgery may have jaw pain as a symptom of heart attack or angina. If your jaw or tooth pain is associated with lightheadedness, sweating, or shortness of breath, you should see a doctor.
- Trouble swallowing or excessive pain or bleeding from gums: If you have a history of a weakened immune system, diabetes, or steroid use, you may be more susceptible to infections. Infections can often be more severe and extensive or caused by unusual organisms. Dental and gum infections in people with these conditions may require more aggressive treatment. An abscess may need draining or IV antibiotics, for example.
Exams and Tests for Toothaches
A thorough medical history and oral exam usually lead to an appropriate diagnosis.
Sometimes, X-rays called periapical and Panorex views (panoramic X-rays of the teeth and jaw) are taken. Rarely, lab evaluation, including ECG tracings of the heart, will assist the doctor. If the cause is something other than a dental or jaw problem, the doctor may prescribe drugs directed at the problem. If the condition is more severe, the doctor may admit you to the hospital for further care. You may be referred to a dentist for further treatment.
Treating a Toothache at Home
- Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used. Take these as directed on the package while you arrange a dental appointment.
- Avoid very cold or hot foods, because they may make the pain worse.
- You may get relief from biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves. You can get oil of cloves at most drug stores.
- Special toothpastes can make your teeth less sensitive. And you can reverse early gum disease when you brush and floss correctly.
For jaw pain:
- Aspirin may be helpful for problems in the joint of the jaw in adults.
- Acetaminophen (not aspirin) should be used for children and teenagers.
- If pain happens every time you open your mouth widely, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be the source of the pain. Yawning or taking a large bite of food may worsen the pain. An appointment with your doctor or dentist will help you find the cause.
Medical Treatment for Toothaches
In most cases, toothaches or jaw pain signifies a problem that must be cared for by a dentist.
A referral to a dentist for follow-up will usually be arranged. In some cases, the doctor may try an injection around the tooth for pain control. If there is swelling in the gums or face, or you have fever, antibiotics may be prescribed.
- At the dentist’s office, fillings, pulling teeth, or other procedures may be performed as required. A tooth extraction will be the most likely procedure with a primary (baby) tooth. On permanent teeth if the problem is severe, root canal therapy (cleaning out the nerves and blood vessels and sealing off the root canals of the tooth) and crown procedures are generally performed.
- An antibiotic will usually be prescribed if a fever or swelling of the jaw is present. Such procedures are generally done in stages, with pain and infection being cared for immediately, and reconstructive procedures being performed at a later time (weeks to months). You will be able to return to work or school while you recover. Dentists and oral surgeons may plan additional procedures at the most appropriate time.
- If causes other than the teeth or jaw are responsible for the pain, management will depend on the condition.
Toothache Treatment Follow-Up
After toothache treatment at your dentist’s office, continue to practice good dental care. Routine and prompt follow-up appointments with the dentist should relieve your dental pain faster.
When you leave the emergency department, take the medications as prescribed and keep your follow-up appointment. If you have any concerning signs or symptoms, call your doctor.
Stopping smoking may help improve some dental conditions. If you are having trouble quitting, talk to your doctor about assistance.
Most people can avoid toothaches and severe dental problems with regular dental care. Have your dentist’s telephone number easily available in case of an emergency.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Bacteria thrive on refined sugar and starch and need this in order to burrow through the enamel on your teeth. Watch what you eat and be careful about food that sticks to and between your teeth. Brush your teeth after eating.
- Establish a good program of cleaning your teeth to remove the food particles. Brush your teeth after eating and brush your gums to encourage healthy gum. Use a soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste as recommended by the American Dental Association. Floss between teeth daily. Water jets are effective at removing trapped particles, but flossing your teeth does a more thorough job when done carefully. Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash to help get rid of bacteria that cause plaque and early gum disease.
- Prevent tooth decay with fluoride. Fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay in children. Fluoride is a natural element and is found in many water supplies and vegetables. Check and see if your tap water is fluoridated. If your water is not fluoridated, your dentist can prescribe fluoride tablets or fluoride supplements for children younger than 10 years.
- Arrange to have your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist at least twice a year. It may help in preventing both decay and gum disease. Dental X-rays may be needed every three to five years to identify problem areas.
- Keep your bridge or dentures clean. Your dentist can offer suggestions. Even if you do not have all of your original adult teeth, you can prevent new dental problems if you try these preventive tips.
- Wear a protective dental guard or headgear while playing sports to help prevent injury.
- Do not smoke. Tobacco smoking may make some dental conditions worse.
Outlook for Toothaches
For most common causes of toothache, the prognosis is good with appropriate dental care. Following good dental hygiene, such as brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and routine check-ups by the dentist, helps to prevent dental problems.
For conditions other than dental and jaw problems, prompt diagnosis and treatment usually improve long-term outcome.
Toothaches: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention
A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:
Symptoms of a toothache may include:
- Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever or headache
- Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth
When Should I See a Dentist About a Toothache?
See your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:
- You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
- Your toothache is severe
- You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide
Proper identification and treatment of dental infections is important to prevent its spread to other parts of the face and skull and possibly even to the bloodstream.
What Happens When I Go to the Dentist for a Toothache?
To treat your toothache, your dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct a physical exam. They will ask you questions about the pain, such as when the pain started, how severe it is, where the pain is located, what makes the pain worse, and what makes it better. Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing your toothache.
What Treatments Are Available for a Toothache?
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will fill the cavity or possibly extract the tooth, if necessary. A root canal might be needed if the cause of the toothache is determined to be an infection of the tooth’s nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner aspects of the tooth cause such an infection. An antibiotic may be prescribed if there is fever or swelling of the jaw.
How Can Toothaches Be Prevented?
Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, following good oral hygiene practices can prevent toothaches. Good oral hygiene practices consist of brushing regularly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing once daily, rinsing once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash, and seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning. In addition to these practices, eat foods low in sugar and ask your dentist about sealants and fluoride applications.
Tooth Abscess: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms around the root of an infected tooth. Anyone, from children to the elderly, can get one.
If you have one, it won’t get better on its own. You need treatment from a dentist or endodontist — a specialist who can help save your tooth. If you don’t treat it, the infection can spread beyond your jaw to your neck, head, or other body parts.
What Causes It?
Your tooth is hard on the outside, but the inside is filled with a pulp made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Sometimes it gets infected. Most often that results from:
If you don’t treat the infection, it can kill the pulp and lead to an abscess. There are two common types:
- A periapical abscess forms at the tip of your tooth’s root.
- A periodontal abscess affects the bone next to your tooth.
You can get more than one abscess. Or one abscess can travel through the bone and show up in several spots. But each is related to only one tooth.
You’re more likely to have these kinds of issues if you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day or if there’s a lot of sugar in your diet. Sugary foods and drinks help bacteria grow, and that can lead to cavities and other problems.
What Are the Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth?
In some cases, the area around the tooth hurts, but not always. If it does, it’s usually a sharp, throbbing pain, especially when you put pressure on your tooth. It might also spread to your jaw or other parts of your face on the side that’s affected.
You might also notice:
Sometimes an abscess causes a pimple-like bump on your gum. If you press it and liquid oozes out, it’s a sure bet you have an abscessed tooth. That liquid is pus.
If you have swelling in your face and a fever, or you have trouble breathing or swallowing, go to the emergency room. The infection may have spread to other parts of your body.
How Is an Abscessed Tooth Diagnosed?
An abscessed tooth won’t go away on its own. See your dentist right away if you have signs of one. It’s important to treat it because there’s a chance it could spread to your jaw or other parts of your head or neck. This is especially true if your immune system is weak because of a health condition, like HIV or AIDS. Certain medications, including some cancer treatments, can also make it harder for your body to fight infections.
To find out if you have an abscessed tooth, your dentist probably will:
- Tap on your teeth. If you have an abscess, it’ll hurt when they touch the affected tooth.
- Take an X-ray. This can tell your dentist if you have an abscess and if it has spread to other parts of your mouth.
If your dentist can’t diagnose the abscess on their own, they’ll probably send you to an endodontist, who’s specially trained to work on abscessed teeth. They can tell for sure if you have an abscess and treat it if you do.
How Is an Abscessed Tooth Treated?
The goal is to get rid of the infection. To do that, the endodontist may try:
Antibiotics. If the infection has spread past the abscess site to your jaw or farther into your body, you’ll probably get them. However, they won’t cure the abscess.
Extraction. If the endodontist can’t save the tooth, it will have to come out.
Root canal. You may have heard about this common way to treat an abscess. It’s the best way to save your tooth. The endodontist drills into your tooth and cleans the pulp from inside it and the root canals that go down into your gum. They fill and seal the empty spaces. You’ll either get a filling or a crown. The restored tooth will look and work just like your other teeth.
Surgery. You may need it to drain a periodontal abscess.
Keep in mind, if an abscess ruptures, your pain will ease but you’ll still need treatment from a dentist or endodontist.
Can an Abscessed Tooth Be Prevented?
Take these simple steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Get regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily to clean hard-to-reach spots between your teeth and gums.
- Make a dentist appointment as soon as possible if you have a loose or cracked tooth.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks. Sweets and sodas lead to cavities, which can cause an abscess.
- Cut down on snacks between meals.
How To Treat Gum Pain
Many things can cause your gums to be painful and sore — but not all of them require a trip to the dentist.
Sometimes tender and sore gums are simply a sign that you brush your teeth too hard.
Other times your gums might hurt if they’re irritated from braces or dentures. If you’re a woman, hormone changes related to your period, pregnancy, or menopause can also cause your gums to become swollen and painful.
How to Soothe Sore Gums
Try these simple home remedies for achy gums:
You’ll find other OTC products to treat sore gums at the drugstore. These include:
- Mouthwashes containing hydrogen peroxide (such as Gly-Oxide)
- Gels that you apply directly to the sore gums (such as Anbesol)
If your gums hurt and you have a white coating on your tongue or cheeks, you could have an infection called thrush. It’s a type of yeast infection. Eating yogurt with live cultures can help, but you should see a doctor or dentist if it doesn’t clear up.
If you have gum pain and white mouth ulcers with red borders, it could be canker sores. They’re not contagious and usually go away in 1 to 3 weeks. Canker sores that are larger than a half-inch can be very painful and should be treated by a dentist.
To ease your pain in the meantime, avoid spicy, salty, and acidic foods, and follow the same home remedies above.
When to See the Dentist
If your gums hurt or bleed for more than a week, head for your dentist’s chair. Red, swollen gums that bleed easily are a sign of the gum disease gingivitis. You can get your gums back to normal by brushing and flossing regularly and getting your teeth cleaned regularly. If you don’t treat it, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis, which can cause painful pockets of pus called abscesses. It can also lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, so it’s very important to take care of your mouth.
See your dentist if you have ongoing gum pain or any of these symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that pull back from your teeth
- Dentures that don’t fit right anymore
- Pain when you chew
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold
To keep your gums healthy and prevent gum disease, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
10 Proven Ways to Treat a Toothache and Relieve Pain Fast
The obvious solution to any type of dental pain is to see a dentist as soon as possible. When you can’t get to your dentist right away, however, you may have to endure some amount of discomfort in the meantime. The following tips can help you minimize a toothache while you wait for your dental appointment.
When to See a Dentist
While your number one goal might be centered on eliminating tooth pain as quickly as possible, you need to consider the potential cause first. When our bodies experience pain, they are sending warning signals to our brains, telling them that something isn’t right. If you have oral pain, it’s generally a sign you have a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Oral pain can be caused by a variety of serious issues, including tooth decay, a damaged filling, a tooth fracture, infected gums or an abscessed tooth. If the latter has occurred, you could suffer serious complications without rapid treatment. These complications could include the loss of the tooth and supporting bone. In some cases, bacterial infections can also spread to other parts of the body, leading to hospitalization or worse. For these reasons, it’s important to seek emergency treatment if you show any of the following signs of an abscessed tooth:
- Red, swollen gums
- A fever
- A swollen, red bump in the mouth
- Blood or pus
- Throbbing pain
- Unpleasant or salty taste in the mouth
- Swollen face or jaw
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, call one of our experienced dentists immediately.
Whatever the cause of your dental pain, it’s important to visit your local dentist for an evaluation. That said, if you suspect your dental pain is caused by a cavity or fracture, you can use the following strategies to minimize pain until you are able to see a professional.
10 Ways to Relieve a Toothache
If your toothache isn’t caused by a serious underlying issue or you are waiting for an upcoming dental appointment, you can reduce pain using the following strategies:
1. Apply a cold compress.
In general, there are two ways to stop or blunt toothache pain. The first involves reducing inflammation, while the second centers on interrupting the signals from the injury to the brain. You can accomplish the first goal by applying a cold pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the side of your face for 20 minutes at a time. Just be sure to use a piece of cloth as a buffer, so you don’t accidentally damage your skin. This can help alleviate discomfort by blunting pain and reducing swelling.
2. Take an anti-inflammatory.
You can also reduce swelling and blunt pain signals by taking an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. If you do take ibuprofen, try to continue taking the medication every few hours, according to the product label. Avoid taking the medication once and then stopping when you feel relief, or the pain and inflammation is likely to return. If you don’t have ibuprofen, you can take acetaminophen instead; however, while this will help with the pain, it isn’t an anti-inflammatory medication.
3. Rinse with salt water.
In addition to cold packs and over-the-counter medications, there are some natural ways to stop a toothache. You can clean infections and promote temporary pain relief by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help heal any oral wounds and reduce inflammation. Just make sure not to swallow any of the salt water while you rinse.
4. Use a hot pack.
You can reduce discomfort by applying a hot pack to the side of your jaw. If you don’t have a hot pack, you can make one by filling a clean sock with rice and tying one end. Then, place the rice-filled sock in the microwave and heat it for a couple of minutes. The heat from the pack will help interrupt pain signals from your mouth to your brain.
5. Try acupressure.
Some research suggests that acupressure may be able to reduce toothache pain by causing the body to release endorphins. There are specific key points on the body that are believed to be associated with oral discomfort. If you’d like to try acupressure, consider researching reputable internet resources for more information about these areas.
6. Use peppermint tea bags.
Generally considered safe, peppermint tea bags have mild numbing properties that can ease oral pain for a short time. Most people prefer to cool their tea bags in the freezer for a couple of minutes before use. You can also apply the tea bag while it’s still warm and then wait for it to cool. This can create a pleasing sensation that can help take your mind off your toothache.
7. Try garlic.
For thousands of years, garlic has been used for its medicinal properties. In addition to killing potentially harmful bacteria, it can also act as a pain reliever. To use garlic for toothaches, crush a clove to create a sticky paste and apply it to the affected area. Alternatively, you can chew a clove of fresh garlic and spit it out afterword.
8. Rinse with a guava mouthwash.
Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, guava leaves also have antimicrobial traits that can blunt pain and sterilize oral wounds. You can either chew on fresh guava leaves or boil crushed leaves in water to make a mouthwash.
9. Use clove oil.
Used to treat dental pain throughout human history, clove oil can reduce inflammation and numb oral pain. It also contains eugenol, a natural antiseptic that can sterilize oral wounds. To treat a toothache, apply a small amount of the oil onto a clean cotton ball and dab it to the affected area. You can dilute the clove oil with a few drops of water or add carrier oil if it seems too potent.
10. Try a homemade thyme mouthwash.
Thyme has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties. To alleviate toothache symptoms, you can add a few drops of thyme essential oil to water and make a mouthwash. You can also dilute thyme essential oil with a few drops of clean water and add it to a cotton ball. Then apply it to the affected area.
What to Expect at the Dentist
To treat your tooth pain, a dentist will first review your medical history and conduct an exam. He or she will ask specific questions about your toothache, including when it started, where it is located, how severe it is, what makes it feel worse and what makes it feel better. The dentist will then examine your gums, teeth and any other relevant areas. X-rays and/or other tests may be needed to determine the exact cause of the problem.
Once the dentist determines the cause, he or she will outline available treatment options. For cavities, you may need a filling. If the tooth’s nerve is infected, you may require root canal therapy. If the area has become infected, the dentist may prescribe antibiotic medication to kill bacteria. Occasionally, dentists will use phototherapy with a cold laser, along with other treatments to reduce inflammation and pain.
Depending on the seriousness of the issue, you may receive treatment immediately or a few days after your exam. If the latter occurs, your dentist may choose to prescribe pain medication to help you cope with discomfort while you wait.
Preventing Tooth Pain
The best way to deal with a toothache is to avoid it in the first place. You can reduce the risk of oral health issues by thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. You should also eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugary or sticky foods and beverages. You should also be careful not to chew ice or hard items that might cause a fracture in your tooth. Finally, be sure to schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups, so you can get treatment for minor dental issues before they become painful problems that demand expensive treatments.
Causes, Pain Relief, and Home Remedies
Causes of Tooth Nerve Pain
Tooth Nerve Pain Relief and Treatments
Home Remedies for Tooth Nerve Pain
Causes of Tooth Nerve Pain
The nerves in the teeth are located in the pulp—the bundle of nerves at blood vessels at the center of the tooth. Nerve pain in teeth falls into two categories:
- Pulpal Sensitivity: If you have nerve pain that is focused on one individual tooth, the problem is likely affecting the tooth pulp. Causes of nerve pain in teeth that affect the pulp include a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, tooth decay or infection, a recent tooth filling, and pressure from clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Dentinal Sensitivity: Dentinal sensitivity refers to nerve pain in the teeth that is more widespread. This type of nerve pain in teeth occurs when the tooth enamel is damaged or eroded away and external stimuli such as heat, cold, and acid, reach the nerve endings in the dentin layer of the tooth. Causes of dentinal sensitivity include use of teeth whitening products, receding gums, and untreated cavities. In addition, brushing the teeth too hard and recent gum surgery that exposes the tooth roots can cause nerve pain in teeth.
Depending on the cause of your tooth nerve pain, there are several possible dental procedures that can solve the problem. Two of the most common procedures for tooth nerve pain are fillings and root canals.
- Fillings: If you have tooth nerve pain caused by a simple cavity, a filling is the most common dental repair. When you have a tooth filled, the dentist numbs the area, removes the decayed material, and replaces it with a filling.
- Root Canals: A root canal is performed if tooth nerve pain is due to a tooth that is severely infected or decayed. During a root canal, a dentist removes the damaged nerve and the pulp from inside the tooth, cleans the area, and seals it. The nerves inside teeth are not essential for healthy tooth function, and a root canal will cure some types of tooth nerve pain.
The area near your tooth nerve pain may be sensitive before or after your dental procedure, but it’s important to follow a regular oral hygiene routine to prevent additional tooth decay or disease. Try using oral care products designed for sensitive mouths, including Crest Pro-Health Sensitive + Enamel Shield Toothpaste and Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Floss for sensitive gums.
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What to do if a tooth hurts
If children have a toothache
Toothache can occur unexpectedly and be taken by surprise in the most inappropriate place. Consider in the article how to relieve pain before going to the dentist.
What not to do with toothache
The task of first aid for dental pain is to relieve suffering and create a tolerant environment for the patient before going to the dentist. And it is advisable to do this without serious health complications for the sake of five-minute relief. Therefore, it is worth knowing what you don’t need to do first.
Don’t apply heat. If an acute toothache suffers, it is not recommended to heat either the tooth itself or the cheek. Severe toothache indicates the presence of an inflammatory or infectious process.Applying warm compresses, using other heating methods, you stimulate blood flow to the pathological zone. Instead of one diseased tooth, you can get a complication for the entire dentition.
If a tooth hurts, it is much more effective to replace the warming compresses with briefly applied ice;
Use medication with care. You cannot blindly believe everything that is written on the Internet. Severe toothache is effectively relieved or relieved only in a dental office.All other methods give only a slight short-term effect, you should not expect a miraculous cure from them. Do not put injections of pain relievers into the gums by yourself, do not use medications that are not intended for this purpose to relieve toothache. For example, an aspirin tablet applied to a disturbing tooth can cause severe burns to the mucous membrane, but never bring relief;
Bed rest is not for you. In the event that a sharp toothache is caught by surprise, it is better to resist it on your feet or while sitting.The half-sitting position is the very compromise that will allow you to more comfortably endure an unpleasant and exhausting situation and will not bring even more harm to a diseased tooth. The fact is that when a person is in a horizontal position, blood flow to a diseased tooth increases. Increased pressure is created around the already irritated nerve endings and a severe toothache becomes simply unbearable. If you have a sharp toothache at night, place the pillows higher, lean back on them and try to take a nap in this position;
Hot rinses and folk remedies.Most of the ways to relieve dental pain are based on traditional methods of treatment and pain relief. And the overwhelming majority of recipes recommend using hot rinses. You can’t do this! But if you use the same decoctions of herbs in a warm form, then the effect can be very positive, in extreme cases, harmless.
What to do if a tooth hurts
First aid, when a toothache hurts, begins with identifying the causes that led to unpleasant sensations and eliminating irritating factors.Toothache can be caused by various irritants:
- Hot or cold food and beverages;
- Cold air;
- Sweet, sour, salty foods and beverages;
- Differential pressure;
- Head position;
- By pressure or other impact;
- Ingestion of food into the carious cavity;
- Other mechanical effects on the tooth.
As soon as it became clear why a tooth hurts at a particular moment, it is necessary to stop the irritating effect.After that, consult a doctor for help. If the appointment is postponed for a long time, then it is worth taking painkillers.
Medicines for toothache
There are many painkillers in pharmacies that are quite effective in helping when a toothache is painful. However, when choosing medicines without a prescription and doctor’s recommendations, it is worth remembering that each medicine has a number of contraindications and side effects, so you need to carefully read the instructions, and, if possible, check the information with pharmacists and pharmacists.
Medicines are used to relieve toothache:
Calgel, dentinox, holisal, kamistad and mundizal are suitable for local anesthesia and gum disease.You can also use herbal conditioners. They have a calming and antiseptic effect.
Folk remedies for relieving toothache
The most popular folk remedies are also based on rinsing the mouth with a decoction of various herbs, as well as applying various non-heating compresses to a sore tooth.
The most effective rinses are:
Tooth pain is well relieved by compresses or point effects on a sore tooth.To do this, use tampons or cotton pads dipped in a medicinal solution or containing a medicinal substance. This capacity can be:
- Essential oils;
- Alcohol or spirits;
- Garlic or onion-garlic mixture with salt.
Do not forget about the easiest and surest way to temporarily anesthetize the tooth that is worrying you. It is enough to take an ice cube out of the freezer and apply it to the affected area for a short time.The cold freezes and stops all processes, so the pain will subside for a while. Do not apply cold for a long time, as the nerve endings can get cold.
Appears very unexpectedly and is rapidly gaining strength. The pain in the teeth is so strong that a person can lose consciousness for a while.
Severe toothache can occur when eating, talking, drinking a cup of coffee, clenching the jaws, turning or tilting the head, climbing stairs, and even just while breathing.During each of these actions, the sensitive tooth will encounter irritants and react with severe pain:
- For hot food or water;
- Into cold air;
- To change pressure and increase blood circulation.
In this case, a toothache can be short-term, occur only in the presence of irritating factors and subside after their removal, incessant, or it can appear and disappear.
In any case, a toothache is a reason to immediately consult a doctor.Without delay and expectation of serious complications.
Muffled tooth pain
This is a toothache that a person is used to putting up with and has adapted to live. It is not as bad as a sharp toothache, but it is unpleasant and poisons life. It can be permanent or periodic, occur with a certain pattern, reacting to known stimuli, or by itself.
Various diseases of the oral cavity become the cause of muted pain. Even the first painful sensations are a reason to see a doctor.Most serious illnesses begin with a tolerable pain response. But if you do not visit the dentist on time, you can get pulpitis instead of usual caries, and instead of bleeding gums, you can lose a tooth. To prevent this from happening, you do not have to endure when a toothache hurts, you must immediately make an appointment with a doctor.
Possible causes of toothache
Caries at various stages can cause pain in the teeth. As a result of poor oral hygiene, tartar forms on the teeth, and as a result, caries develops.Gradually, the enamel of the tooth will be destroyed, and the internal sensitive tissues of the tooth will be affected. In the early stages of caries development, the tooth can react painfully to hot and cold. When the nerve is already inflamed, a toothache can result from food or water being exposed to it. Self-medication will not help here: the cause of pain can be eliminated only in the doctor’s office;
Abscess teeth or flux. Purulent deposits form directly in the gums. The pain in the teeth in this case is quite sharp, pulsating.There is a strong swelling in the mouth, in especially serious cases the entire cheek may swell;
Pulpitis is a logical continuation of advanced caries, which causes severe pain in the teeth. When a tooth hurts with pulpitis, unexpected severe attacks can be experienced at any time of the day or night, while there is irradiation into the ear or temple;
Mechanical damage . Tooth trauma, enamel chipping, damage to the coronal part of the tooth – all this will inevitably lead to pain.If the enamel is damaged, but the nerve remains intact, then immediately the pain may not arise, but if you do not consult a doctor in a timely manner, the inflammatory process of the pulp may begin;
Various diseases of the gums – periodontitis, periodontitis, exposure of the necks of the teeth. All these diseases often begin with bleeding gums and have very serious consequences, up to tooth loss. Therefore, they definitely require treatment in the dentist’s office.
Teeth pain in children
An adult can still tolerate a toothache.But when a child has a toothache, it is no less painful for a parent, since it can be very difficult to help in such a situation. Pain in the teeth, or rather in the gums, begins in the first year of life, when the baby’s teeth begin to erupt. In this case, there is no need to urgently run to the dentist for help. A planned visit to a specialist as part of a scheduled medical examination is sufficient.
Special toys-teethers with a cooling effect, toothpastes and silicone brushes for babies, as well as local pain relievers will help to relieve the toothache of the baby during this period.The most popular and safe for the health of babies are kalgel and holisal.
If the problem is not in teething, and the baby is worried about something else, for example, problems with the gums or oral mucosa, this is a reason to urgently consult a doctor. A dentist, even at such an early age, can diagnose candida or gingivitis. Proper oral hygiene and timely local treatment will help to quickly resolve the problem.
A baby may face a toothache when milk teeth appear.The very first serious disease is bottle caries. An improper diet and prolonged use of the bottle can lead to the complete loss of the front milk teeth, so regular visits to the dentist are mandatory from an early age.
Behind bottle caries, the most common caries of milk teeth can develop. It is very difficult to treat such teeth, since the fillings do not adhere well to small teeth. It is much easier and more effective to prevent the development of the disease. Today pediatric dentistry offers many ways to preserve baby teeth.
The effectiveness of the methods of getting rid of toothache described in the article has not been scientifically proven. Therefore, we do not recommend resorting to traditional medicine methods or prescribing medicines for yourself. Only a doctor can establish the exact cause of the pain, prescribe the correct treatment and effectively relieve pain. If you are experiencing a toothache, see your dentist as soon as possible!
Toothache | The nature of toothache, remedies
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When your teeth hurt, you can’t do anything. At the same time, a person cannot eat, work or sleep. Toothache is considered the most unpleasant and painful, so everyone who comes across it tries to get rid of it faster. The best way to relieve your condition is to see a dentist, but this is not always possible. Therefore, you need to know how you can cope with a toothache on your own. Although it must be borne in mind that medications and traditional methods can help temporarily, only dental treatment will get rid of this condition.
Toothache doesn’t just happen. She always indicates some kind of pathology of the oral cavity. There is such a sensation when a nerve is involved. It can be affected due to inflammation, infection, or tooth decay.
If you do not go to the dentist, you can temporarily relieve pain with medication. But the pathological processes will continue, so she will return. In this case, the tooth will be destroyed even more, the infection will spread. If it penetrates into the periosteum, it threatens the development of an abscess.
Therefore, only professional treatment can relieve toothache and associated complications. Seeing your dentist on time can help keep your oral cavity healthy. In case of acute pain, you can get an appointment with a doctor without an appointment.
Causes of toothache
A toothache appears for various reasons. Depending on what caused it, it can be aching or sharp, constant or appearing when exposed to hot and cold food.It can occur when the enamel is damaged, inflammatory processes. Before eliminating pain, you need to find out what causes it.
The most common cause of pain is tooth decay. At the initial stage, it does not cause any problems. But if you do not start treatment of superficial caries, it will spread deeper. In this case, the pulp is affected and the enamel becomes thinner. Therefore, toothache occurs. It is not strong at first, but becomes more painful over time.
Painful sensations with caries can occur when brushing teeth, exposure to cold or hot food. Gradually, the pain occurs more often. Its peculiarity is that it disappears after the cessation of the influence of external factors or after rinsing the mouth. If caries is not cured, various complications develop, the most common of which is pulpitis.
This is the name of the inflammation of the soft tissues of the tooth, in which the nerve is located.Therefore, such pain is more excruciating, it is acute, often spreads to the temple, ear, throat. It can also arise under the influence of external factors. But pulpitis is often manifested by aching pains at night.
They can also be shooting, burning, throbbing. From time to time, the pain subsides, but then resumes again. Therefore, you must definitely go to the doctor at the first signs of pulpitis.
If a purulent infection penetrates the root of the tooth, periostitis develops.This pathology is better known as flux. It is characterized by painful compaction, swelling of the gums, often extending to the half of the face.
Increased sensitivity of teeth
A common cause of pain is increased sensitivity of the tooth enamel. If it is thin, there are cracks or chips on it, the tooth will ache when exposed to cold, sour and sweet, when brushing.
If inflammation occurs in the oral cavity, pain may occur.It appears due to swelling of soft tissues that squeeze nerve endings. This happens with periodontitis, periodontitis. Painful sensations with these pathologies are characterized by a diffuse character and an increase in pressure.
After a tooth is removed, pain is bound to occur. It can last for several days, this is normal. Usually it is aching, constant, or appears with mechanical stress.
Due to incorrect treatment
Part of the cause of toothache is an incorrectly applied filling. If microorganisms fall under it or there are cracks in it, a purulent process develops. The same can happen if a bridge is installed. In these cases, urgent treatment is necessary, otherwise you can lose a tooth.
The growth of wisdom teeth presents many challenges.This process is often accompanied by severe painful sensations. After all, they have to break through the gums. Pain appears even if the wisdom teeth are growing correctly. But it happens that this process is violated. Then they can damage the adjacent teeth. And caries or pulpitis joins the painful sensations of gum inflammation.
Damage to the enamel may occur with mechanical stress, frequent consumption of solid food, opening plugs with teeth or using them to crunch nuts.It becomes thinner, cracks appear on it, a piece can break off. Sometimes a piece of a tooth also breaks off. In this case, the nerve is exposed, and severe pain occurs. This situation is possible with injuries to the jaw.
Toothache during pregnancy
Women are advised to have all their teeth treated at the planning stage of pregnancy. After all, at this time you cannot take most drugs, and filling with anesthesia is also undesirable. But even in this case, a pregnant woman may have such a problem.Hormonal disruptions and a lack of minerals lead to an increase in the sensitivity of the enamel, to the rapid development of caries.
If you have a toothache during pregnancy, you urgently need to go to the dentist. It is best to relieve painful sensations with rinses and lotions of soda or sea salt. Herbal decoctions should be used with caution, since allergic reactions are more common during pregnancy.
From medicines for pain relief are allowed in small doses “Paracetamol” or “Nurofen”.In extreme cases, you can drink “Analgin”. But any pills are contraindicated in the early and late stages. Moreover, they are very weak, and often they cannot be accepted. Therefore, it is best to have regular checkups with your dentist. This will help avoid situations where severe pain occurs.
How to get rid of a toothache
There are many ways to get rid of a toothache. But all of them should be used only as a means of first aid. They can reduce pain, or even relieve it entirely.But the cause of the problem will not be fixed. Only dental treatment can completely eliminate suffering and prevent complications.
Medicines for toothache
The fastest and most effective method for pain relief toothache is medication. But you should not self-medicate, you need to take those drugs that the doctor has prescribed. Many tablets irritate the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and may cause other side effects.In any case, even if there are no contraindications to taking the medicine, it should not be taken longer than 3 days. This is a method that should be used in case of emergency, the tablets will help relieve suffering before visiting the doctor.
The most effective drugs for toothache are:
- All medicines based on ketoprofen – Ketorolac, Ketanov, Ketorol;
- “Ibuprofen” other means based on it – “Mig”, “Nurofen”, “Faspik”;
- “Nimesulide”, “Nise”;
Such popular pain relievers as “Analgin”, “Aspirin” and “Paracetamol” are of little help for toothache . To enhance the effect of “Analgin”, it can be crushed and put on a sore tooth, covered with a cotton swab.
Folk remedies for toothache
You can soothe the pain for a short time with the help of folk recipes. They have a mild effect and have no contraindications. Due to the fact that all such remedies are local, they do not cause side effects.But they also relieve pain temporarily, they are used only to wait for a visit to the doctor.
- The most popular method is to rinse with soda solution. Diluted in a glass of warm water 1 teaspoon. When rinsing, you need to keep the solution over a sore tooth, soda disinfects, relieves inflammation. To enhance the effect, you can add a little salt and a few drops of iodine.
- It is necessary to make a decoction of herbs that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.Sage broth helps with toothache best of all, but chamomile, St. John’s wort, oregano, mint are also effective. When rinsing, make sure that the water is not hot.
- You can rinse the tooth with a solution of hydrogen peroxide. It will work better if you hold it a little over the sore spot. This product must not be swallowed.
- Moisten a cotton swab with tincture of valerian, motherwort or propolis, apply to the tooth. Essential oils such as tea tree, cloves, and fir have the same effect.In case of an overdose, these products can cause burns to the gums.
- Acupressure massage helps to cope with pain. If the diseased tooth is on the upper jaw, you need to press on the point located in the middle of the chin under the lower lip. And the point at the base of the jaw near the ear helps to relieve pain in the lower teeth.
How to avoid toothache
To avoid these excruciating sensations, you need to monitor your oral health. Brushing your teeth correctly twice a day, using dental floss and rinsing with antiseptic solutions can help prevent tooth decay. It is also recommended to visit the dentist twice a year. He will carry out professional cleaning, remove tartar and heal existing caries.
In our clinic, we treat any dental diseases that cause toothache. The use of the latest filling technologies and modern drugs will help to quickly and effectively relieve suffering and prevent its occurrence in the future.
What to do if a tooth hurts badly? 10 ways to relieve acute toothache at home
Almost everyone has experienced a toothache.It has been scientifically proven that the nerves of the tooth send pain impulses to 3 centers of the human brain, while signals from other senses are directed only to one.
We do not always make an appointment with the dentist in Perm , but this step is ideal. Many in such cases resort to the cases described below, most of which can even be called folk remedies for acute and aching toothache:
- Drink a strong pain reliever (tablet).It helps to calmly, without stress, complete urgent matters.
- Clean the tooth from food debris (with dental floss, toothpick, etc.), as they note that the tooth hurts when pressed.
- Carry out rinsing the mouth with a sedative and anti-inflammatory agent, for example, a decoction of chamomile.
- Apply a mixture of pepper and salt to the problem tooth. And they keep it for 7-10 minutes.
- Some points on the body are massaged with ice, namely, they rub the surface of the hands between the index and thumb.
- Many people prefer homeopathic medicines made exclusively from natural ingredients.
- It was noted that being active is better than lying on the couch. In spite of everything, the recumbency of the body is fraught with acceleration of blood circulation in the oral cavity, this leads to increased pressure on the teeth. This becomes a source of increased pain.
- Make every effort to distract themselves (start tying a long-delayed scarf, play a favorite movie, etc.)etc.). The main thing is to plan a date for a visit to the dentist before that, without waiting for the moment when the cheek swells.
- If a person has a malocclusion, the pain is often relieved by keeping the mouth open.
- Some people point out that “tricking” the brain helps. For example, a right-hander starts doing everything with his left hand, etc. The brain will begin to be distracted by abnormal signals and can reduce pain
Important! None of these methods are 100% pain relief and are not a substitute for a visit to the dentist.Even if the pain syndrome has passed, the tooth decay may continue to develop.
Contact your doctor in Perm for a consultation and start a timely tooth treatment in order to preserve it in the future.
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Emergency toothache relief
What is acute toothache
It hurts when you smile or frown, eat or drink, when you clench or open your jaw, or turn your head. Sometimes it hurts even when you breathe because cold air rushes into your mouth and passes over a sensitive tooth.
If an attack of acute toothache happened late at night or on a weekend, and there is no way to run to a round-the-clock dental clinic, it remains to resort to emergency methods to temporarily relieve suffering.
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Ways to relieve acute toothache:
- Carefully remove all food debris from the interdental spaces and from the cavity in the tooth, and then keep it clean.
- Rinse the tooth with warm baking soda solution (1 teaspoon per glass of water).
- Hold a large sip of vodka over a sore tooth. The gums will absorb some of the alcohol and the tooth will become numb.
- Suck on a piece of ice. You can also apply ice to a sore tooth or adjacent cheek for 15 minutes, at least 3 or 4 times a day.
- Massage your hand. It can relieve up to 50% pain when a tooth hurts. Rub an ice cube over the V-shaped area where the bones of your thumb and index finger meet.Gently press the ice on this area in jerks for 5-7 minutes. The operation of this procedure is based on the fact that during friction, impulses are sent along the nerve pathways, along which toothache is normally transmitted. Since these pathways can only carry one signal at a time, friction displaces the pain.
- Do not chew on the affected side.
- Keep mouth closed if air flow over aching tooth increases pain.
- Keep your mouth open. Sometimes a toothache is aggravated by the fact that a person has a wrong bite.In this case, cover your mouth as little as possible until the dentist sees it.
- Take anesthetic (analgin, baralgin, sedalgin …). The only thing I would like to warn against is aspirin, since its analgesic effect is not great and it is necessary to take it in large quantities that are unsafe for health. It is necessary to stop taking painkillers no later than 3 hours before the visit to the doctor. this can distort the picture of the disease and complicate the diagnosis.
- It is important not to do any warming compresses and lotions – this procedure can significantly worsen the situation and complicate further treatment.
- It is categorically impossible to take antibiotics without qualified advice and a doctor’s prescription. In general, taking antibiotics for any disease is a very responsible procedure. These drugs are taken according to a special scheme, and not 1 tablet 3 times a day, as patients often think. Taking one pill “just in case” will do nothing but harm.
This is all you can do before your dentist appointment. And do not be afraid of the clinic on duty, because in most cases it is possible to relieve acute symptoms without removing a tooth or putting a permanent filling.
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90,000 effective methods of pain relief when you need to see a doctor
It is no coincidence that many people are looking for an answer to the exciting question: “Is it possible and how to destroy a nerve in a tooth on your own?” Often, severe toothache appears abruptly, spontaneously, a person sometimes finds himself in a situation where he cannot immediately consult a doctor.
For example, he felt bad on a holiday, when neither state nor private clinics work, etc.
But even if you can’t get to the dentist that day, you can relieve pain and improve the condition of a sick tooth – you just need to know how to kill the nerve endings on your own.
Indications for the removal of the dental nerve
If the patient has decided to get rid of a nerve that is causing terrible pain, then first he must find out if the tooth really needs depulpation (removal of the nerve).He can determine this by the nature of the pain:
- Non-relieving pain that increases significantly during movement.
- Increasing pain at night.
- Acute teeth reaction to hot and cold food.
- Pain that does not go away even after taking pain reliever.
Attention! Destroyed nerve endings make the tooth dead. He can still serve a person for more than 1 year, however, then the tooth will begin to lose its strength, begin to crumble, and then it will have to be pulled out.Nerves nourish the tooth, make it strong, so before deciding on their removal, you need to weigh the pros and cons.
Pain that does not go away even after taking an anesthetic – indication for removal of a dental nerve
Preparing to remove a dental nerve at home
Before killing a dental nerve, you need to carefully prepare, namely:
- Clean the canals so that the suppuration process does not start. To do this, you need to use a regular brush and toothpaste, while removing plaque and food debris.
- After disinfecting the needle in alcohol, gently clean the hollow of the diseased tooth with the non-sharp side.
- Rinse your mouth with chamomile broth or tooth elixir.
Dangerous methods of eliminating the dental nerve
Consider effective but risky ways to suppress the dental nerve:
Means for destroying the nerve Description
1 Arsenic This substance is used to treat the painful canal. The method is effective, but very dangerous, because with an excess of the substance, it can lead to general intoxication of the body.In addition, you cannot use pure arsenic; you must use arsenic acid. It is best to purchase an arsenic-based drug, for example, Devit-Ars, Septodont, Pulparsen, Causticin 2 Zinc Burn a piece of newspaper, treat the diseased canal with the resulting ash (it contains zinc). After 10 minutes, rinse your mouth. With insufficient rinsing of the mouth, zinc can remain in the cavity, leading to the onset of the suppuration process 3 Alcohol 96% Soak a clean cotton swab with it, place it in the hollow of the tooth, rinse your mouth after 20 minutes.If alcohol gets on healthy tissues, it can burn them badly 4 Table vinegar Make a lotion as in the above method. Vinegar can cause burns too, so use it very carefully 5 Gunpowder It is not recommended to kill the nerve in this way, because gunpowder can be very poisonous
Attention! If, after home attempts to cure an aching tooth, the pain has not gone away, you should immediately go to the doctor.Otherwise, there is a risk of infection.
How to anesthetize the nerve fibers of a tooth at home?
If severe pain prevents the nerve from being rendered harmless, then first you need to eliminate it. The following drugs will come to the rescue, which can be bought in a pharmacy without a prescription:
- Nurofen – has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Ketanov is a very strong medicine that quickly dulls pain.
- Nimid – relieves inflammation, soreness.
Nimid preparation for the elimination of toothache
Also, to relieve painful sensations, they resort to mouth rinsing with folk remedies:
- Salt rinses . Dissolve 1 tsp. salt in warm boiled water (200 ml). Rinse your mouth with a product to relieve an acute attack of pain.
- Garlic-salt swab . Squeeze a clove of garlic through a garlic dish, mix the gruel with the same amount of salt. Dip the resulting mixture in a cotton swab, put it on a sore tooth.Such a medical tampon will not only quickly remove pain, but also eliminate microbes.
- Propolis alcohol tincture . Pour 30 g of propolis with alcohol (200 ml), close the lid, set aside for 10 days in the refrigerator. Moisten a cotton tourniquet in the prepared tincture, attach it to a sore tooth.
- Peroxide solution lotions . Dilute a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide with warm boiled water in a ratio of 2: 1, respectively. Apply lotions to a bare tooth by regularly dipping a cotton pad into the healing solution.
- Onion husks . Pour 3 tbsp. l. husks 0.5 liters of boiling water, cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Strain, rinse your mouth with warm broth. Onion peel removes pain, soothes a diseased nerve, and has a disinfectant effect.
- Decoction of lilac leaves . Wash the leaves, add water (as in the previous recipe). Strain, rinse your mouth several times a day.
- Herbal decoction . Mix in equal proportions lemon balm, oak bark, mint, thyme, chamomile.Brew one tablespoon in a glass of hot water. Rinse your mouth with a warm infusion.
Attention! Removing a dental nerve at home should not be a reason for refusing further medical care. At the first opportunity, the patient must see a doctor.
What absolutely must not be done in case of severe toothache?
Under no circumstances should you use the following pain relief methods:
- Warming up.Hot compresses will only make the pain worse.
- Rest in the supine position. When a person lies, the blood circulation process is activated, the blood rushes better to the jaw. As a result, the pressure rises and the pain increases.
- Application of a needle with a sharp point. Do not penetrate the hole with the sharp side of the needle, otherwise you can damage the tissue and cause bleeding.
Attention! Destroying a nerve does not mean that the work is finished, because then it will also be necessary to remove the nerve fibers, otherwise infection will occur.
Complications of self-sacrificing nerve
When deciding to destroy a nerve, a person may face the following problems:
- Allergic reaction to a drug, a substance used to kill a diseased nerve. Allergies can cause swelling, respiratory arrest.
- Damage to nearby healthy tissue. Often, a person who independently decided to get rid of a dental nerve also affects healthy tissues. And then he has to restore his teeth and oral cavity as a whole for a long time.
- Burns, taste disorder. If a person does not comply with the dosage of the agent used, applies a large amount of the medicinal composition, then he can cause a burn of the mucous membrane, he will no longer taste the food normally, and he will have problems with swallowing.
- Tooth infection. At home, it is very easy to infect an infection, pathogenic microorganisms can freely enter the oral cavity through instruments, dirty fingers.
If there is even the slightest opportunity to visit the dentist’s office to remove a nerve, then you should not neglect it and try to cope with a sick tooth on your own.
But in a hopeless situation, you can try safe ways to kill the nerve with vinegar, alcohol. When killing fibers at home, extreme care must be taken to avoid contamination.
In the future, you should definitely go to the dentist so that he removes the dead tissue, otherwise a strong inflammatory process, sepsis may begin.
Do it yourself: how and how to kill a dental nerve at home
Toothache is taken by surprise at the most inopportune moment.It is not always possible to immediately get an appointment with a specialist.
Severe pain is caused by inflammation of the pulp – loose connective tissue that fills the tooth cavity. There are many nerve endings, blood and lymph vessels on the pulp.
Along the edges of the tissue there are several layers of odontoblasts – cells that form bone tissue. Processes with nerve endings come out of them. It is they who trigger the mechanism of pain sensation with any effect on the dentin layer, which is located under the crown of the tooth.
If the pain is severe, but medications do not help, to get rid of the symptom, they kill the dental nerve with the help of improvised means. Such a measure is extreme and go to it if there is no other way out. For example, in a remote area where there is no doctor. How to kill a dental nerve at home? How do I prepare to remove it?
Why remove a nerve?
There is a network of nerve endings under the crown of the tooth. Their branches diverge along the dental canals and go into the roots. Nerves provide a connection between the teeth and the central nervous system.They have a sensory function. Toothache is a signal that the soft layers under the crown are destroyed.
As a result of depulpation – removal of the nerve bundle inside the tooth – the pain goes away. The nutrition of the tooth after the procedure stops. In the future, you need to monitor the crown, regularly visit the dentist. If this is not done, the tooth will quickly darken and collapse.
It is possible to save the nerve if the patient consults the doctor on time, at the initial stage of caries. Even during partial pulp injury, the site can be rendered harmless without removing the pulp.
With regular visits to the dentist, these problems do not arise. If the inflammatory process is ignored, the pain increases. On examination, pulpitis is diagnosed. This stage requires the removal of nerve endings.
But there are other causes of pulpitis:
- poor quality dental treatment, medical errors;
- mechanical damage, infection in the crack in the tooth;
- deep caries.The causes of pathology are impaired growth and formation of teeth associated with poor heredity. If we add to this incorrect care of the oral cavity and unfavorable factors – unhealthy diet, poor water quality, lack of minerals in the body, caries affects the teeth;
Depulpation is a necessary measure. It not only relieves pain, but also stops the spread of infection. The adjacent teeth are involved in the inflammatory process if there is no treatment. In addition, ignoring the lesion leads to the extraction of the tooth.
In advanced cases, inflammation of the pulp provokes periodontitis – accumulations of serous or purulent fluid near the crown.
How to independently determine what depulpation should be done?
There are signs that determine the nature of the pain.
Soreness occurs as a result of nerve irritation in the following cases:
- aching . Disturbing even in the absence of irritants. It is caused by turning and tilting the head.Unpleasant sensations increase at night;
- increases with temperature differences. Acute reaction to hot and cold. The reaction is checked by applying a swab to the tooth moistened with cold water. If the pain is caused by an inflammation of the nerve, the symptom does not go away for a long time;
- seizures . The symptom occurs with pressure, food intake. It is also characterized by duration. No irritant – the tooth hurts;
- lingering . The pain does not go away after taking pain medications.
How to kill a dental nerve at home?
In dental clinics, the canals are thoroughly cleaned before depulpation. Home remedies on how to kill a nerve in a tooth must include this step.
Otherwise, accumulated deposits will cause infection. This leads to wound decay. Before killing a dental nerve at home (one hour before the procedure), take a pain reliever.
Preparation is carried out in 4 stages:
- Thorough brushing of teeth with paste;
- prepare the needle.It needs to be disinfected;
- with the blunt side of the needle to clean the hollow of the tooth;
- Rinse the mouth with an antiseptic.
For disinfection, a mixture of water and alcohol is placed in the cleaned cavity for some time. Hydrogen peroxide can be used.
If there are signs of periodontitis, you cannot carry out the procedure on your own. Main complication symptoms:
- swollen gums;
- pain extends not only to the tooth, but also to the surrounding tissues.
Only a professional can help with periodontitis. A tumor of the surrounding tissues signals the development of a purulent process!
Ways of self-carrying out the procedure
There are several ways to kill a dental nerve on your own. At the beginning of each of them, a cotton swab dipped in the prepared solution should be applied to the carious cavity or chip.
To prepare the solution, you will need one of the following tools:
- alcohol. This folk remedy stops folk toothache, but cannot kill the nerve. It works well for rinsing a tooth. But alcohol will relieve pain only for a short period of time;
- garlic. The clove is rubbed, mixed with salt and applied to the affected area;
- gunpowder . A small amount of the product is placed in the cavity. This is an effective way to kill a nerve in a tooth at home, but if you take a lot of gunpowder, intoxication is possible;
- vinegar .The essence provokes a burn of the mucous membrane, therefore, be careful when placing the product in the tooth. A cotton swab is applied to the nerve, avoiding adjacent areas.
- arsenic. The product is used in dentistry for depulpation. Experts carefully prepare a solution in the form of salts or ointments. Arsenic is not used in its pure form. This remedy is not suitable for home use. Arsenic is poison! Its pure use is life threatening. Even in small quantities;
- zinc. To get this element in its purest form, choose a newspaper with a high content of paint. Pages with voluminous photographs and solid text will do. The newspaper is being burned. After that, take a sterile cotton swab and collect ash on its tip. The roller is placed in the previously cleaned canal for 12 hours;
- pepper. If it is in the form of peas, grind or crush the spices to small particles. Stir with salt and put in a hole.
Whichever way you choose to kill the dental nerve with folk remedies, you need to go to the dentist as soon as possible.Even when the tooth has stopped hurting.
A specialist examination will reduce the risk of infection in the soft areas of the tooth. In addition, filling will exclude food from entering the tooth, prevent its further destruction.
In case of intoxication, burns of the mucous membrane, persistent pain, you should not postpone the visit to the doctor!
Ways to remove a dental nerve at home are based not only on improvised means, but also on special formulations intended for dental procedures.
Formaldehyde or arsenic is taken as their basis for killing a dental nerve. Differences between funds in the active substance and its percentage.
The following formulations are popular for depulpation:
- Kresofen. Dexamethasone-based bactericidal agent. Available in drops. The advantage of the composition is that it does not irritate the gums. This product is combined with pretreatment with antiseptics.The composition is allowed to be combined with taking antibiotics. After application, the oral cavity and crown are rinsed with water;
- Kaustiner Rapid . The composition is 1/3 made from arsenic solution. The rest of the substances are the conductors of the active element. They enhance the action of the main component. The duration of action depends on the depth of the nerve under the dentin layer. If the bundle with the endings is near the soft tissues, the pain will subside in a short period of time. With a deep location of the nerve, it will take up to 2 days to get rid of the pain;
- DeVit ARS .The product is based on arsenic. The advantages of the composition are quick and painless relief from pain. Relief comes in 1-2 days. The duration depends on the complexity of the tooth structure. The product is sold in the form of universal doses or in a syringe. Differences in consistency. The composition of these forms is similar;
- Devit-P. The paste contains both anesthetic components and antiseptics. There are several antimicrobial components in the paste: chlorophenol, paraform, camphor oil, menthol. The advantages of this tool are that it does not require special processing, thorough rinsing of the mouth after use.This remedy is used if solutions with arsenic are contraindicated. The paste is approved for dental treatment in children. The risk of complications caused by the drug is minimal, because the effect of the active substance is weaker than that of arsenic. The downside is that you will have to apply the paste 2 times longer in time. The pain will disappear within 5 days of therapy.
There are times when arsenic does not help. The reasons are different. Sometimes, re-insertion of the medicine does not give a result.
Why doesn’t the pain go away?
- arsenic cannot enter the canal.This happens when the nerve endings are too deep;
- Arsenic causes soft tissue edema. As a result, blood circulation in the inflamed area slows down. This is what causes soreness;
- component toxicity. The nerve is killed, but the tooth hurts due to intoxication;
- intolerance to formulations with the presence of arsenic;
- is a very small dose of the drug. Arsenic in this case gives the opposite effect – aggravates the inflammatory process;
- Temporary filling too tight.Pain can also be caused by its deformation.
You cannot walk with a temporary filling longer than the time prescribed by the dentist. Otherwise, the affected area can get infected. This provokes purulent periodontitis.
If the method, how to kill the dental nerve yourself, did not help with arsenic, choose other methods of depulpation. Basically, to kill a nerve in a tooth at home, drugs based on pharmacaldehydes are used.
Hydrogen peroxide will help relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection.It can be replaced with iodine. For anesthesia, a cotton swab is soaked with a product and applied to the affected tooth.
At home, you can get rid of pain caused by inflammation of nerve endings with the help of depulpation. If sterility is maintained, there will be no harm. Carrying out procedures requires caution and is a last resort. Depulpation at home does not cancel a subsequent visit to the dental office.
The most effective ways to kill a dental nerve
Removal of a dental nerve (depulpation) is a complex procedure that even within the walls of a dental clinic is not always successful, and even more so within home walls.
It is resorted to only as an at least, when the carious process has touched not only the upper hard part of the dentin, but also the internal soft tissues – the pulp. It has a loose fibrous structure and fills the inner cavity of the tooth.
It is in it that the nerve and the tangled tangle of small blood vessels are located, through which the tooth receives all the necessary nutrients from the body. How and how to kill a nerve in a tooth will be discussed in detail in this article.
Pulpitis and its advanced form – periodontitis – force the dentist to carry out partial or complete amputation of soft dental tissues and nerve filaments located in them.After such a procedure, the tooth literally dies.
It can serve for chewing food for several more years, but then it will inevitably begin to darken and crumble. Such a tooth does not hurt, but you will have to visit the dentist more than once because of it.
That is why, before removing the nerve, the doctor must make sure that this manipulation is justified.
Basic indications for depulpation
- Deep caries. It is not for nothing that dentists convince patients to visit their offices at least once every six months.Caries can proceed completely imperceptibly and painlessly, but a small black dot in a short time can grow and reach soft tissues, then depulpation can no longer be avoided.
- Correcting the consequences of unsuccessful treatment. When removing hard carious tissue, the doctor may get too close to the pulp chamber and inadvertently open it. Then you will have to carry out if not complete, then partial amputation of the nerve.
- Prosthetics. The technology for installing most fixed prostheses involves opening the hard tissues of the tooth and manipulating the pulp chamber.In this case, you cannot do without removing the nerve, especially if the tooth is growing at an angle.
- Injury and mechanical damage. The consequence of a strong blow can be damage to the enamel and deep chips that inevitably affect the nerve. In this case, it is unlikely that it will be possible to preserve it, especially in the front teeth. If the extreme molars are affected, then there is a chance to save part of the nerve endings by performing only partial depulpation.
Important! Prolonged acute toothache is one of the main signals that caries has already reached the pulp chamber.
But it happens that the chronic form of pulpitis is absolutely painless and is detected only with a thorough dental examination. Therefore, if the doctor insists on removing the nerve, you should trust him.
How can a nerve in a tooth be killed and how do dentists do it?
Immediately it is worth getting ready for the fact that one visit to the clinic will not solve the problem. If there are no concomitant diseases and the general condition of the oral cavity is satisfactory, then you will have to visit the dentist at least twice.
During the first appointment, the doctor cuts off the hard part of the tooth affected by caries. Then he has to kill the nerve in the tooth. For this, a special paste is placed in the pulp chamber and covered with a temporary filling on top.
All drugs that are used to kill the dental nerve (devitalization) can be divided into two categories: arsenic and non-arsenic.
The first act aggressively, but quickly, the second – slowly, but they are completely harmless to the body.
The main active ingredient is arsenous anhydride. Its task is to start the process of death of soft tissues and promote rapid devitalization. For the analgesic effect, lidocaine hydrochloride is included in the chemical composition of the paste.
Tissue death is a dangerous process that can have serious irreversible health consequences if it gets out of the doctor’s control.
Particular attention should be paid to careful hygiene so that an infection does not occur, as this is fraught with an inflammatory process.
To exclude the likelihood of such a development of events, Devit-Ars contains antiseptics – chlorine-phenol, metacresol, eugenol.
On average, under the influence of this drug, the pulp loses its viability within a day. In rare cases, everything about everything will take a little more time – up to two days, if the structure of the tooth has specific features.
The main component is the same – arsenous anhydride, it makes up one third of the whole preparation.Another third – lidocaine, and then in descending order – phenol, menthol, hydrochloric ephedrine. This chemical cocktail will take two to three days to kill a nerve in a tooth.
Preparations-analogues – Septodont, Pulparsen, Causticin. In addition to arsenous anhydride, they also contain antiseptics (carbolic acid, camphor, thymol), pain relievers (lidocaine, novocaine, dicaine) and tannin – an astringent that prolongs the duration of the previous components.
Arsenic (formaldehyde) pastes
The most popular drug in this group is DeVit.Its basis is paraformaldehyde, which is both the main active substance and the strongest antiseptic. In this case, lidocaine hydrochloride acts as an anesthetic; creosote has an antimicrobial effect.
Killing a nerve with formaldehyde paste can last up to 10 days. But on the other hand, such a gentle method does not poison the body with poisons. Therefore, it is most often used in pediatric dentistry or when the use of arsenic is contraindicated.
Another “plus” of formaldehyde paste – the main active ingredient provides deep sterilization of the pulp chamber, which in some cases allows you to preserve some of the soft tissues and avoid complete amputation.
Important! The use of an arsenic agent obliges the doctor to carry out a thorough treatment of the canals and to clean them from the remnants of arsenic salts. Devitalization with formaldehyde paste allows you to skip this step.
After 2-10 days (depending on the type of devitalizing agent used), the patient will have a return visit to the dentist.During which the doctor performs the following manipulations:
- removes the temporary filling and opens the tooth;
- removes dead pulp tissue;
- disinfects dental canals;
- fills dental canals and pulp chamber;
- establishes a permanent seal;
- takes a test shot.
How to kill a nerve in a tooth at home?
Since it is unlikely that it will be possible to kill the nerve in the tooth on your own, a visit to the dentist in case of prolonged acute or aching toothache is inevitable.But there are many ways to relieve pain for a while so that you can calmly get through the holidays or weekends.
- The most popular folk remedy for dental problems is salt. 1 teaspoon dissolved in a glass of warm water is an excellent gargle for relieving an acute attack.
- Salt + garlic. A clove of garlic must be rubbed with a small amount of salt and put on a sore tooth – this is an excellent antimicrobial and pain reliever.If the situation is aggravated by swelling of the gums, you can try rinsing with a decoction of garlic.
- Propolis. You can buy a ready-made tincture at a pharmacy or prepare it yourself. To do this, you need to take 30 grams of grass and pour 200 ml of alcohol into it, after 10 days of infusion in a dark cool place, the medicine is ready. Moistening a cotton tourniquet with tincture and attaching it to the tooth, you can relieve a pain attack.
- Comfrey. The principle is the same: dip a cotton swab into the root tincture and put it on the sore spot.It is simple to prepare a bump: 10 grams of comfrey root + 50 ml of alcohol, let it brew for 10 days.
- 3% hydrogen peroxide. Dilute 2 to 1 with warm water, dip a cotton swab and apply it to the exposed tooth.
- Onion peel. Pour a small handful of dry husks (15-20 gr.) With half a liter of boiling water and bring to a simmer. Strain the resulting broth, let it brew for a couple of hours, then you can rinse your mouth. This infusion soothes the nerve, relieves pain and disinfects the oral cavity.
- Lilac. A decoction from the leaves of the bush is especially effective. You need to cook it in the same way as a bump of onions.
- Clove essential oil soothes the affected nerve. It is necessary to drop a little on a cotton swab and cover the painful focus with it.
- Herbal infusions. Chamomile, lemon balm, mint, thyme, sage or oak bark will be used. It is better to rinse your mouth with a warm broth, so as not to anger the affected nerve even more.
- In villages, wheat is often used to relieve toothaches.If you have the juice of mature sprouts on hand, just drop a little into the epicenter of the pain.
Cardinal ways to kill a dental nerve
If rinsing and lotions do not help, and the tooth does not allow you to live in peace, you can try to solve the problem in a more radical way. There are many myths about how to kill a nerve in a tooth at home. One of the most ridiculous is the use of gunpowder.
First, where would he come from at home? And secondly, such self-activity is fraught with sad consequences for the body.However, as well as laying arsenic in the hole of the tooth.
This is the strongest poison, which, even in scanty doses, can deprive a person not only of a nerve, but of life! It is important to understand that in the pastes discussed above, not arsenic itself is used in its pure form, but its salts in carefully calibrated proportions.
So how can you kill a nerve in a tooth if you can’t go to the dentist right now?
- Vinegar essence. Unlike gunpowder and arsenic, it is much easier to get it.The manipulation is simple: moisten a small cotton swab with acid and put it in the hole of the tooth. First, you need to properly disinfect your hands, so as not to aggravate the situation by the addition of pathogenic microbes, and act carefully, since there is a high risk of burning the gums.
- Alcohol. If rinsing with alcohol tinctures does not help, you need to wet a piece of cotton wool with alcohol and put it in the epicenter of pain, preferably directly into the carious hole.
- Zinc. Of course, his home may not be in its pure form.But it can be easily obtained from ordinary printing ink. To do this, you can take any newspaper sheet, but it is better if there are large black drawings on it, crumple it on a plate and burn it. Then, with a cotton swab moistened with your own saliva, quickly collect the ashes and put them in the tooth. From above, all this can be covered with another clean swab. The aldehydes and zinc in the ash will kill the nerve. So that the procedure is not so painful, 15-20 minutes before that, you can take a pill of ketanov or another powerful pain reliever.The most effective for toothache are drugs such as baralgin, novalgin, analgin, pentalgin.
Whatever method of self-help you practice, the main thing to remember is that you still cannot do without the help of a dentist.
Even if you managed to kill a nerve in a tooth at home, no later than two weeks later, you still have to sit in a doctor’s chair to remove dead tissue, clean and fill the canals.
Otherwise, a prolonged inflammatory process cannot be avoided.
How to kill a nerve in a tooth
Unbearable pain in the tooth often speaks of nerve inflammation. Sensations are extremely unpleasant: pulsation that radiates to the neck or temple, aggravation of discomfort in the evening, at night and in the supine position.
On examination, the dentist sees a lesion of the pulp, bad breath appears. In such a situation, especially if a person does not get to a specialist, he thinks about how to kill a nerve in a tooth.
Emergency measures will ease the condition and make you feel normal before going to the doctor.
When is it necessary to remove the dental nerve
If a person has the symptoms described above, most likely, depulpation is inevitable. However, even in the absence of pain, sometimes it is still necessary to mortify the tooth. Let’s describe all the reasons leading to the removal of the nerve:
- Pulpitis . Untreated caries reaches the pulp and causes inflammation.There are severe pains that require radical treatment: removal of open nerves and filling of the canals.
- Benign formations (cyst, granuloma). They also cause damage to the sensitive area. Removal of the tumor is carried out through the channels.
- Tooth damage . Injuries result in enamel chipping that affects the nerve. If the frontal region is damaged, complete depulpation is performed. In case of problems with the back teeth, it is allowed to partially remove the nerve.
- Dental prosthetics . When a person needs a crown or a bridge, a nerve has to be killed, which reduces the risk of tooth inflammation under the prosthesis. This is rather a preventive measure, since then the procedure is more problematic to make.
Symptoms such as aching pain that does not go away for a long time, increased sensitivity of the teeth, twitching, throbbing, discomfort in the temples and neck should alert you and become a bell that it is time to make an appointment with the dentist.
There is practically no chance of preserving the nerve (otherwise these sensations would not have arisen). The sooner you see a specialist, the more favorable the outcome will be. The dentist will carry out the necessary manipulations, prescribe a medicine for recovery.
Before going to the doctor, take a pain reliever or put a piece of no-spa tablet into the carious area.
How dentists remove a nerve in a tooth
Previously, depulpation took place at least two visits to a specialist.During the first visit, the doctor removed carious tissues, expanded the canals with a drill, and placed arsenic there. Then he put a temporary seal, and the person was free for 2-10 days.
The process of death was accompanied by severe pain. On the second visit, the doctor’s task was to remove the temporary filling, dead tissue and exposed nerve.
His manipulations were not always painless, since arsenic often left living areas.
Modern clinics carry out depulpation in a more gentle and safer way.The problem is solved in one visit to the dentist thanks to the introduction of anesthesia.
By means of special instruments, the doctor provides access to the pulp and completely removes the affected tissue.
This takes about 30 minutes, taking into account the complete cleansing of the canals and the installation of a filling (temporary, if the dentist wants to be sure of complete depulpation, or permanent).
How to kill a tooth nerve at home
Too much pain pushes people to actions that can later affect their health.Wondering how to kill a nerve in a tooth at home? So it is worth taking the risk in exceptional cases, when the pain is completely unbearable, strong drugs do not help, and you cannot get to the dentist. There are many ways, choose the safest one. Remember that you are in charge of your own life.
How to kill a dental nerve at home with affordable means? Here is a list of common methods:
- Gunpowder . Put a small amount of this substance in the hole.Make sure that you do not swallow gunpowder, because it poisons the body.
- Vinegar essence . Moisten a small cotton ball with essence and place it on the tooth. You should be very careful, as this liquid eats away at the enamel and nearby tissues.
- Arsenic . If you are wondering how to safely kill a nerve in a tooth, this method is definitely not for you. Folk “healers” are advised to take a pea of arsenic and place it on the affected area. In this case, it is very easy to make a mistake with the dosage and cause severe poisoning or even death.Even earlier, experts did not use pure arsenic, but arsenous acid. Dental pastes with this substance are not intended for home use.
- Ammonium or ethyl alcohol . Dampen a cotton swab and apply it to the tooth. The substance will not kill the nerve, but will temporarily ease the pain.
- Propolis . It is not a solution to the question of “how to kill a tooth nerve at home” on your own, but it will help eliminate discomfort and disinfect the carious surface.Propolis is plastic, so it is akin to a filling that completely covers the hole. The substance soothes pain and makes the tooth less sensitive to temperature changes.
- Garlic . A remedy of dubious use. Its action is not reduced to the elimination of toothache, but to the burn of the pulp and its death. According to the advice of “knowledgeable” people, it is necessary to lay the garlic crushed with salt into a deep carious area. Then you will have to endure severe pain, but the next day it will go away, since the neurovascular bundle will become dead.Then you need to rush to the dentist to prevent the process of decomposition of the dead tissue.
- Iodine . Another radical remedy. Put a cotton swab moistened with iodine on the carious area. The tincture will gradually burn the nerve, leading to increased pain. Then it will subside. If the first time does not help, it is worth repeating the procedure.
- Zinc . It is necessary to burn a newspaper with a black pattern, collect the ash with cotton wool and place it as close to the nerve as possible for 12 hours.
All of the above methods require extreme caution. It is better to use more gentle folk remedies for toothache: rinse your mouth with a decoction of chamomile, sage, lemon balm, attach a piece of beet.
Before the procedure, clean your mouth well. Even if you used one of the dangerous methods, and the pain has passed, you will have to go to the dentist as soon as possible (no later than two weeks).
Otherwise, the dead tissue will begin to decompose in the tooth, leading to inflammation and sepsis.
How to kill a nerve in a tooth at home – folk remedies
Various pain sensations (sharp unbearable or aching pain, throbbing) are considered a sign of nerve inflammation. This is not always true, many people confuse the increased sensitivity of the enamel, painful outbreaks in the gum area with pulp inflammation.
Symptoms and causes of nerve inflammation
There are a number of clear signs of dental nerve inflammation:
- Strengthening of pain syndrome (pulsation, aching pain for a long time) when turning, tilting the head (we recommend reading: how to eliminate painful pulsation in a tooth?).Painful sensations extend to several teeth, it is very difficult to pinpoint the “culprit”.
- Feeling of constant discomfort in the temporal zone or neck region.
- The inflamed nerve instantly reacts to an external stimulus – a tampon with hot or cold water applied to the problem (canal has opened) tooth causes an instant outbreak of pain, the nerve shows the same reaction to sweets, continuing to hurt for some time (we recommend reading: can a tooth hurt after removal of a nerve or after filling?).
Only a professional dentist can name the exact cause of toothache after examining the oral cavity (we recommend reading: how and how can you relieve a toothache at home?).
Several factors can cause unpleasant sensations – inflammation of the gums attached to pulpitis, thinning tooth enamel with increased sensitivity, etc.
Symptoms of the inflammatory process – pain and an initial rise in temperature.
Tooth pain: what can you do at home?
What if the nerve is inflamed? If it is impossible to seek professional medical help at the right time (holidays, weekends, at night), there is an auxiliary therapy based on traditional medicine.
Self-removal of a sore nerve of a damaged tooth by these methods is impossible. When using them, the general condition will be alleviated – the pain will subside for a certain period, allowing the owner in a calm atmosphere to ponder his further actions (make a visit to the dentist, seek anesthetic drugs at the pharmacy).
- Salt solution (sea salt, rock salt). A teaspoon of salt dissolves in a glass of warm (not hot) water, rinse the mouth with the resulting solution, repeat several times.
- Propolis tincture – you can use a ready-made pharmacy or one prepared at home. Alcohol (0.2 l) is poured with propolis (30 grams), the mixture must be insisted in a cool dark place for 10 days, after which the solution is ready. A tourniquet made of sterile medical cotton is moistened in liquid and applied to a diseased tooth.
- Garlic-salt mixture. Rub a clove of garlic and salt (a small amount) into a homogeneous gruel. The resulting mixture is placed on the upper surface of the aching tooth, for the purpose of antimicrobial and pain reliever.
- Tincture of comfrey root. Grass (10 grams) is infused with alcohol (50 grams) for 10 days, after which a cotton flagellum is used: it is moistened and placed in the place of pain.
- Do the treatment with hydrogen peroxide – a 3% solution is diluted with warm water in a ratio of 2 to 1, a cotton swab is used.
- Onion peel decoction – onion peel (20 grams), previously poured with half a liter of boiling water, is brought to a boil over low heat. The final solution is filtered, insisted for several hours and used as a rinse.
- Lilac leaves. The infusion is prepared from 20 grams of leaves, filled with 0.5 liters of boiling water, then it is put on a small fire and brought to a boil. The broth is drained, infused for 2 hours, after which they can rinse the mouth (see also: how to rinse the mouth if there is a bad tooth?).
- Clove (tea tree, fir) essential oil – 1-2 drops on a cotton swab, which is placed on the cheek of a carious tooth.
- Various herbal infusions – a warm solution (hot will cause a new outbreak of pain) of lemon balm, sage, chamomile, mint, oak bark or thyme.
After the performed procedures of alternative therapy, it is undesirable to drink or eat for an hour. To soothe a sore tooth at home (to relieve pain and anesthetize) does not mean to solve the problem, the treatment of pulpitis remains an open question.
Indications for nerve removal
The decision on the need to remove the nerve is made by the dentist for reasons:
- Acute pulpitis – deep caries eventually affects the pulp of the tooth, causing inflammation in it.Severe pain in a decayed tooth requires the use of radical means – removal of open nerves with further filling of the canals.
- Traumatic injuries, with the formation of enamel chips.
- Unsuccessful dental treatment – accidental opening of the pulp chamber will result in the need for (complete or partial) nerve removal.
- Neoplasms – cyst, granuloma (removal of emerging tumors is carried out through the canal openings).
- Prosthetics – the installation of crowns and bridges to reduce the risk of possible inflammation of the teeth located directly under the prosthesis.Used as a preventive measure.
Ways to kill a nerve without arsenic at home
Alcohol or iodine
- Alcohol (ammonia, ethyl) – after rinsing the mouth with it (to reduce pain), a cotton tourniquet is moistened and put into the carious cavity (for half an hour).
- Kill with iodine – a cotton ball is moistened and, like a seal, is inserted into the hole in the tooth. After one hour, an impromptu seal is removed.
Both methods of killing nerve endings are considered the least traumatic for the whole organism as a whole – they do not cause obvious burns and possible poisoning.
If you need to remove the nerve yourself – these methods are safer than all the others to kill the nerve without arsenic.
- A cotton swab is moistened in vinegar essence, squeezed out and placed in the damaged tooth. When using this method, you need to act with utmost care – the essence can cause a burn of the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, and with involuntary swallowing – a burn of the mucous tissues of the esophagus.
- The second method is killed with table vinegar. A few drops of liquid are instilled into the carious cavity (in the place where the nerve is exposed). After that, the patient must sit for at least 10 minutes with his mouth open. The procedure carries the same danger (to a lesser extent) as the treatment with vinegar essence.
It is also possible to kill a nerve with specialized means. Professional dental pastes are used, without arsenic content (DeVit – P, DeVit – S).One pea of paste is inserted into the previously cleaned cavity and fixed with dental glue (for dentures). Everything you need is freely available in pharmacies.
- Gunpowder grains – another way to kill a damaged nerve process – a few pieces are poured directly into the carious opening, taking all precautions. Gunpowder can cause serious poisoning. Treatment with this method is carried out within 2 hours.
- Zinc – Extracted from newspapers or magazines (black and white printing). Dishes are pre-disinfected, in which a small piece of newspaper is burned (with a high content of printing ink). A cotton flag is dipped into the resulting ash, which is wrapped in another layer of medical (sterile) cotton. The dental canal is tamponed and kept for 12 hours, after which it is removed.
How to avoid complications?
Before self-removal of a sore dental nerve, cleaning procedures should be performed:
- Remove food debris and soft plaque from the surface of the teeth with a toothpaste and a brush;
- clean the hole with a pre-cleaned (in alcohol, vodka) needle with maximum care;
- Rinse the mouth with an antiseptic or mouthwash solution (you can use specialized mouth rinses after brushing your teeth instead).
After that, manipulations can be performed to remove the dental nerve, not forgetting about possible complications:
- burns – the use of vinegar essence, table vinegar can burn the mucous membranes of the mouth, gums;
- poisoning – the use of all types of folk remedies with careless use can cause it and pose a threat to life;
- inflammatory processes in the gums and periodontium – killing the nerve does not guarantee the cessation of the further spread of inflammation.
When should you see a doctor?
When relieving pain and successfully suppressing the inflamed nerve of the tooth, you should not refuse a visit to the dentist. No longer than within two weeks, the patient must appear in dentistry for examination.
Oppression of dental nerves is not a panacea, further treatment is necessary, the tooth itself will not restore itself. The carious cavity should be healed to avoid further spread of caries to adjacent healthy teeth.The nerve in the tooth can die off (die) on its own, but over time, decay of its remnants will begin.
A preventive examination will show how the killing of the dental nerve went (whether it was possible to completely kill it) at home and whether any inflammatory processes began in the adjacent areas.
Dental treatment should not be avoided – the development of serious complications can affect not only the teeth and oral cavity, but also the general state of health.
In addition to tooth decay and gum disease, the human body can react to caries with headaches, rhinitis, lacrimation, pseudo-allergic reactions.
How and how to relieve a toothache at home
Each of us at least once in our life was interested in the question of how to relieve a toothache. It is hard to deny that this is perhaps the most significant discomfort in terms of health and well-being. Teeth and gums can ache at the most inopportune moment. How to relieve a toothache at work, on the road, on vacation? The answer suggests itself: in the first-aid kit, there should always be effective pain relievers at hand, which will allow you to quickly get rid of discomfort.They bring a lot of suffering to adults and children, interfere with their usual way of life, doing things they love.
However, everyone should understand: pills, drops, tinctures make it possible to temporarily relieve toothache, but do not eliminate its causes. But painful sensations do not arise out of the blue. Insufficient oral care, incompletely healed caries, low-grade fillings – these and many other factors affect the integrity of the enamel. Therefore, if you do not want to be tormented by the question “how to relieve a toothache”, regular check-ups should become the norm.The specialists of the VivaDent clinic, whose branches are located throughout Moscow, are always glad to regular and new visitors.
- Why teeth hurt
Pain under the crowns
On the dangers of self-medication
- How teeth were treated in the old days
Prayers and spells
Massage and electroshock
Bull, Moon and silver
- Pain relief methods
Tablets and rinses
- Recommendations from doctors
What not to do
Tips for mothers and children
There is no doctor yet
- Specialists will help get rid of pain
Why teeth hurt
Before deciding how to relieve a toothache, it is important to understand what caused it.Sometimes problems in the work of internal organs – heart, thyroid gland, lungs – can be given to the oral cavity. People who are sensitive to weather changes react sharply to changes in temperature, humidity, pressure. Insufficient oral care is considered to be the main cause of dental and gum abnormalities. Everyone knows that you need to use a brush in the morning and in the evening, and after any meal you need to rinse your mouth, but not everyone diligently follows the recommendations of doctors. As a result, one has to wonder how and how to relieve a toothache.
Among other reasons – poorly healed caries, periodontitis, gingivitis, passing into the stage of periodontitis. Toothache is often required to relieve quickly: it drains physical and mental strength, distracts from work and household chores, makes you endure tremendous suffering. It is important that piercing shots, which occur, for example, with pulpitis, are given to the ears, negatively affecting the work of the nasopharynx. If you do not relieve the toothache in time and do not start treatment of the oral cavity with a knowledgeable specialist, complications can lead to brain damage, gum abscess and other irreversible consequences.
Pain under the crowns
Many people have crowns, bridges, clasp prostheses installed. They are the ones who cause the biggest problem. To relieve a toothache caused by an orthopedic construction, one must understand the cause. Most often, it occurs due to incorrect turning of the element, as a result of which the pulp overheats. Often the reasons are low-grade materials used in the treatment of a unit, non-compliance with hygiene rules on the part of the surgeon or implantologist. If it is not possible to relieve a toothache with the help of medications or folk recipes, you should immediately contact the clinic.
It is important to choose a medical institution in which experienced doctors work, modern equipment has been installed that will not only quickly relieve a toothache, but also exclude its recurrence. It is no secret that in some polyclinics that provide free dental services, the quality of the materials used for treatment, prosthetics, and implantation is, to put it mildly, not up to par. This can lead to the formation of a cyst, and then the answer to the question – how to relieve a toothache – is only one: dismantling the orthopedic structure and cleaning the inflamed area.Therefore, it is better to immediately contact a proven and reliable clinic.
On the dangers of self-medication
Some people in order to relieve a toothache use the advice of friends and neighbors, recipes from newspapers and magazines. Of course, they probably helped someone, but this does not mean that they will have the same effective result for you. Each person has his own body, so taking even the most neutral at first glance drugs, including homeopathic and folk remedies, should be agreed with the doctor.Taking tests, a comprehensive examination of the state of the oral cavity, detecting allergic reactions to the components of tablets and rinsing will help to avoid undesirable consequences.
It is worth remembering that the desire to relieve a toothache is commendable, but it should pursue not only the goal of making you feel better, but also the desire to eradicate the cause. If treatment is not started on time, a cyst may form, gingivitis may begin, which at first does not show noticeable symptoms. Over time, it develops into periodontitis and even periodontal disease – a dangerous disease that leads to an abscess of bone tissue.In order to avoid serious complications, you can use a variety of folk recipes in order to relieve toothache, but after that it is imperative to visit a qualified dentist.
How teeth were treated in the old days
Prayers and Spells
Healers of all times and peoples paid great attention to the removal of toothache. So, in ancient Egypt, where medicine was at a high level, raw meat was used to relieve toothache. It was applied to the inflamed gum area, after which the patient felt relief.To prevent discomfort, doctors recommended honey, lard and fat. Today, folk remedies based on natural ingredients are also used to prevent and treat diseases of the oral cavity. Many toothpastes and rinses include plant puddles.
However, in the period of paganism, in the ancient world up to the Middle Ages, in order to relieve a toothache, the principle of self-hypnosis was most often used. In those days, medicine was inextricably linked with religion. Prayers and spells have had some success: the Placebo effect, where the patient convinces himself that he is feeling well, is quite common today.Without a positive attitude and faith in success, it is impossible to relieve a toothache and achieve the desired results in other areas. Advances in dentistry provide everyone with the chance to take advantage of today’s advances in order to reduce or relieve toothache once and for all.
Massage and electroshock
In the old days, other, unacceptable methods of dealing with pain were used for a modern person. So, in ancient Rome, in order to relieve a toothache, they caught electric eels and stingrays.It was necessary to apply to the affected areas until the force of the discharge caused numbness, behind which the person simply “did not hear” the pain. In ancient Greece, opium, obtained from poppy seeds, was widely used. This method goes back to ancient Egypt, where special plantations were created for growing crops. It is clear that it is possible to relieve a toothache in this way, but addiction to the drug makes its use unacceptable today.
But the healing power of massage in order to relieve toothache is used today.Such techniques were especially popular in the East. Healers of ancient China and India knew points on the hands, back, neck, feet, ears, the impact on which effectively helps to relieve toothache and more. Anyone knows that, for example, light pressure on the temples with circular motions can help get rid of migraines. Direct massage of gum areas is also practiced today, which promotes blood flow, saturation of soft tissues with oxygen and beneficial microelements.
Bull, Moon and Silver
In some countries, in order to relieve a toothache, methods were used that were completely wild, in the eyes of today’s man.At the dawn of civilization, due to the dry climate and monotonous food, many people experienced gum disease, thinning of the enamel. Some African peoples used pumice powder, eggshells and burnt bull entrails to calm down. The Etruscans were the first to learn how to grind their teeth, and in case of holes, they filled them with a solution of liquid silver. One can only imagine how painful the patient was. Often, in order to relieve a toothache, the inflamed nerve was burned with a hot iron.
The methods used in Europe to relieve toothache seem to be completely exotic today. The period of the Middle Ages was characterized by a decline in the development of medicine, which was reflected in dentistry. The sufferers were asked to sit on the night street with their mouths open during the full moon. Of course, there was little hope for the healing effect of moonlight, but in the absence of other options to relieve toothache, people used this method. Removal in those days took place without anesthesia, alcohol was used as an anesthetic.
Pain Relief Techniques
Sometimes a toothache is required to be relieved immediately – it is so strong. There are many proven recipes. The application of raw beets or unsalted lard has an immediate effect. The use of plantain leaf allows you to relieve toothache in a short time. One of the most effective remedies, doctors consider an iodine mesh, which must be applied to the entire cheek. It relieves pain and prevents the spread of infections to other areas.But it is not recommended to use vodka or alcohol in order to relieve a toothache: too many understandable negative effects are caused by the use of alcohol, even in small doses.
Everyone knows about the healing power of exercise. In order to relieve a toothache quickly, you need to do 10-15 squats or push-ups, you can run around the house or do fitness. Due to the increased blood flow, the discomfort disappears. However, it is important to understand that this is not a panacea, but only a temporary way to bring health back to normal.To relieve toothache and eliminate its causes, you need to visit your dentist. It is quite possible that foci of inflammation began to form in the oral cavity, indicating the presence of caries, gingivitis, and other pathologies. Only a specialist can cope with them.
Tablets and gargles
Achievements of modern pharmacology make it possible to quickly relieve toothache using tablets or capsules. However, you should not get carried away with taking painkillers: each of them has many side effects.For example, such popular drugs as aspirin or no-shpu should be taken with caution by people suffering from disorders of the heart, liver, and kidneys. Some medications cause allergic reactions, so most toothache medications are available over the counter. In any case, before starting the course, it is imperative to consult a doctor who will help you choose the optimal dosage.
Along with such common tablets as Nise, Ketanov, Pentalgin, Nurofen, Bral, rinses and baths are used.To relieve a toothache, ordinary baking soda is most often used, which is in every home. Stir a teaspoon in a glass of warm boiled water. The solution has excellent analgesic and antiseptic properties. In order to relieve toothache, furacilin and potassium permanganate are also used. Ready-made drugs such as Chlorhexidine are often advised by doctors to reduce discomfort and speedy rehabilitation after surgery: prosthetics, cyst removal and other operations.
Asking the question “how to relieve a toothache”, many overlook the use of folk methods.But recipes based on well-known plants have been popular at all times. It is no coincidence that in Russia, according to historians, the problem of relieving toothache was much less acute than in Europe. The wealth of crops grown, the ingenuity of people have developed many methods in order to relieve toothache. The most effective of these is garlic. It is necessary to grind a few cloves and apply the gruel to the problem area. The discomfort will quickly disappear.
Another effective drug to relieve toothache is propolis.This is a purely Russian invention that has a similar effect with the novocaine blockade. Bees provide not only honey, which, by the way, is also widely used in medicine, but also many other useful substances. Many have heard about the healing properties of vanillin: just apply a few crystals to the affected area, and the discomfort will disappear. Sea buckthorn oil has a calming effect: not only the gums, but also the places of burns and bruises are coated with it. Valuable crops that help relieve toothache grow in the beds: first of all, these are potatoes and cucumbers.
Recommendations of doctors
Do’s and don’ts
Taking pills to relieve toothache requires strict adherence to the recommendations indicated on the package. Taking medications on your own without consulting a doctor can lead to side effects. In no case should you use unknown medicines or hand-bought products: only official pharmacies can guarantee the quality. You should not drink antibiotics – they will not help relieve pain.Folk remedies that are designed to relieve toothache are also not shown to all patients. Many are allergic to honey and its derivatives. Such people should not use propolis and its analogues.
Often people try to lie down more when they feel unwell. This is wrong: high pressure forms in the affected area, which increases the discomfort. Movement stimulates blood flow and makes it possible to relieve a toothache at least temporarily. Rinses should be warm: too cold and hot tinctures irritate the nerve endings.Warming compresses are strictly prohibited: an increase in temperature contributes to the expansion of blood vessels and an increase in the flow of crocus. This causes additional discomfort. It is better to put a lotion with ice on the disturbing area: it will help relieve toothache due to vasoconstriction.
Tips for moms and children
How to relieve a toothache in children and pregnant women? This question has no clear answer. For babies and mothers who are breastfeeding, many medications are contraindicated. In pregnant women, toxicosis increases from certain drugs.Among the permitted medications are spazmalgon and no-shpa. Aloe juice has an excellent antibacterial effect, which must be spread on the disturbing area. Some spices that every housewife has, in particular, cloves and coriander, have a similar effect. The powder must be gently rubbed into the gum to relieve toothache.
Ibuklin is sold in pharmacies for babies – an effective drug that helps to safely and quickly relieve toothache. The basis is made up of harmless components paracetamol and ibuprofen.You can use beet decoction, which is extremely effective for colds. Gargling with beets is an effective method of treating sore throats. Not all babies are ready for such tests: beets really have a specific taste. However, if you can persuade the child to try this remedy to relieve toothache, the effect will be amazing.
No doctor yet
If you cannot relieve a toothache using the listed methods, you can use alternative methods.First of all, you should be distracted by something interesting, better connected with physical activity. A football match, jogging around the stadium, fitness classes will temporarily relieve a toothache. If it is not associated with pathologies of the oral cavity, but caused by weather factors, then this method is quite effective. However, it should be remembered that even in this case, it is necessary to visit the dentist: even minor pain sensations can indicate the presence of diseases of the teeth and gums.
Another unconventional method of normalizing well-being is acupuncture.Acupressure massage is often used to relieve toothache. If the area on the left side of the face is worried, then you need to massage the point between the index and thumb of the right hand, and vice versa. Clockwise movements should be performed not with your hands, but with a piece of ice. Within 10 minutes you will feel an improvement. Homeopathic remedies can be used to relieve toothache. Aconite, Arnika, Koffeya are well-known remedies, but the result will not be achieved immediately, but after the course.
Specialists will help get rid of pain
If the question – how to relieve a toothache – has recently risen, you can try the listed methods of alleviating the condition. And pills, and rinsing, and acupressure have a positive effect not only on the affected area of the oral cavity, but also on the general well-being. However, in cases where the problem has not been bothering for the first day, you should immediately contact the dental clinic. Even not too obvious discomfort may indicate the presence of inflammatory processes in hard and soft tissues, which lead to purulent diseases of the gums, destruction of elements of the dentition.This negatively affects the aesthetics of the smile and requires prosthetics or implantation.
Qualified doctors of VivaDent clinic will help to relieve toothache and avoid treatment of such dangerous diseases as periodontitis, pulpitis, stomatitis. We employ qualified doctors with vast practical experience in eliminating the most difficult problems. Each department has its own laboratory, which will allow you to quickly and accurately diagnose. Before starting the treatment of teeth and gums, a contract is drawn up, the prescribed price in which will not change.It is important that patients have the opportunity to receive many services free of charge under the compulsory medical insurance program. The surest way to relieve a toothache is to prevent it from occurring. We invite Muscovites for a preventive examination at any convenient time. We work without days off and holidays. You can make an appointment by phone or on the website.
First aid for toothache
In those distant times, when I was a little girl, and the drill machine in sound and speed looked more like a drill, I was usually dragged to the dentist’s office along with a bench.My compassionate grandmother then tried on me more than one folk recipe for pain relief. Now, of course, it’s different. I came to the smiling dentist, sat down in a chair, and some even say that they have rested. What if it’s night? Does the tooth hurt? “Help yourself!” called. But how to do this and not harm your health? How to save a sore tooth? Ekaterina Ivanova, candidate of medical sciences, surgeon, and Anna Redko, orthodontist, are answering this (literally) question.
Initially, you need to figure out what is the cause of the pain and how serious it is.Dentists have been studying this for years, but if briefly and without scientific details, then the situation is something like this.
When medium caries occurs (the appearance of a defect in the wall of the tooth), which in our understanding is “normal” caries, tooth painfully reacts to sour, sweet and other food stimuli . In rare cases, there is no pain, the defect can be closed by an adjacent tooth or gingival papilla.
The next stage in the development of tooth damage is deep caries.This means that the dental nerve is very close and soon the inflammation can go to it. At the same time, the tooth painfully reacts not only to sour and sweet, but also to thermal stimuli – especially to cold. An important feature: in all types of caries, the pain immediately stops after removal of the irritant.
With damage to the nerve of the tooth – pulpitis, pain can be paroxysmal, acute, aggravated at night, from cold (at the initial stage) and from hot. In pulpitis, unlike caries, pain does not disappear immediately after removal of the stimulus. We do not advise anyone to wait out the pulpitis pains! The nerve will die – the pain will disappear, but without the qualified help of a dentist, an infection will remain, which will spread further beyond the tooth into the bone tissue.
Drugs that can help dull pain before meeting with the dentist:
Rinse. It can be both home remedies, prepared with your own hands, and medicinal ones.Homemade ones include: a warm solution of water with soda, a decoction of chamomile, sage, calendula or oak bark, which you can rinse your tooth with several times a day (on average three to five times), or you can just keep it on the sore side.
Medicines – ready-made concentrated alcohol solution, a mixture of herbs – stomatofit. Rinses such as Colgate, Blend – a – Med are additional oral hygiene and do not have an analgesic effect. There are also anti-inflammatory drugs such as Nice, Ibuprofen, Ksefokam.It should be borne in mind that taking a very large amount of pain relievers when visiting a doctor reduces sensitivity to local anesthetic drugs.
Means to be used CANNOT be used:
1. Vodka rinses. We’ll have to upset the men who caress their mouths with vodka and claim that it helps. Alas, neither external nor internal reception will relieve you of a toothache. Although if you overdo it with the amount of “medicine”, it will dull the pain, but subsequently the vessels will dilate and all the inflammatory reactions will only intensify.In addition, as a result of such treatment, a burn and ulcer of the mucous membrane is possible, as a result of which the picture of the inflammatory process will be blurred.
2. Smoking. It is widely believed that smoking a cigarette dulls pain. For smokers, in principle, the cigarette is a distracting object. Just like alcohol, it acts unfavorably: nicotine constricts blood vessels and in the zone where the fight against inflammation should be actively going on, the flow of necessary substances is suspended.
3. Warm compresses. It is not recommended to apply heat for all inflammatory processes, as this only intensifies them.
4. Antibiotics. It is impossible to start self-medication with antibiotics, even if a doctor once prescribed “exactly the same”, as in the course of an incorrect course of treatment, microbes that are very resistant to drugs can form.