If you have severe toothache pain that lasts for more than 2 days, it’s recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible. If your toothache is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, jaw pain or earache, your doctor may need to be involved with the diagnosis and treatment as well.
In order to determine the cause of the toothache, your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth closely. Dental x-rays can provide more information and indicate if the problem lies in the root or the gums. Possible dental treatments for a toothache relief include filling the cavity, root canal treatment, medications to treat any infection or the removal of the tooth
Home remedies and alternative treatments are not a viable alternative to conventional care when dealing with toothaches.
In addition to the fact that it’s hard to make a self diagnosis, neglecting or delaying appropriate treatment with stop gap measures or ineffective remedies can exacerbate the condition and make eventual treatment a lot more expensive. Natural treatments can help to provide some relief from the symptoms however when you do not have immediate access to a dentists or need to wait for an appointment. Some easy ways to relieve a severe toothache include:
Over-the-counter painkillers are often the best temporary treatment for toothaches. There are risks involved however and if you suffer from any preexisting condition or are on any other medications make it a point to consult your doctor first.
Garlic is one of the most popular and widely used of all remedies in the treatment of dental diseases. The traditional use of garlic has been bolstered by studies that reiterate the medicinal properties of garlic, mostly attributed to the compound ‘allicin’ present in the herb. Garlic is particularly useful in the treatment of dental caries and other oral infections.
The antibacterial properties of onions have also been well established and some studies also indicate that this may help to fight off dental infections. However this type of natural remedy for toothaches can cause some amount of awkwardness because of the foul odor.
The use of cloves is one of the age-old home remedies for tooth pain. The oil of cloves known as Eugenol is in fact used in many dental products and toothpastes. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties and potency as a natural painkiller, cloves can be used to treat toothaches. You can soak a cotton ball with a few drops of clove oil and place this on the affected tooth or inside the tooth cavity for instant pain relief. Alternatively, chew on a few whole cloves to release the oil within and get the same effect.
An excellent way to reduce swelling and pain caused by a toothache is to rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm salt water. Swish around a blend of 8 ounces of warm water mixed with half a teaspoon of salt to decrease any inflammation of the gums.