Tooth Remedy for your Pain
Are you experiencing tooth pain?
You should book a consultation. Whether your toothache is mild or severe, it may be an indicator of a more significant problem.
But, what can you do about the pain in the meantime?
To get toothache relief, you’ll need to understand the different causes of toothaches to know which remedy can stop the pain.
In this article, we’ll review:
Toothaches and Tooth Pain
- Tooth decay causes pain by breaking down your tooth’s enamel and affecting nerves
- Tooth abscesses are swollen bumps located around sore teeth
- Impacted teeth have not yet broken through your gums and cause pain around the affected area
- Physical injury can damage or crack a tooth
- Non-dental causes such as heart attacks, cluster headaches, and sinus infections
- Cavities and tooth decay may be treated with teeth cleanings, dental fillings, or antibiotics
- Abscessed teeth may be treated with antibiotics, drainage, cleaning, root canals, or dental implants
- Impacted teeth may be treated using minor dental surgery
- Physical injuries can be treated using dental glue, veneers, fillings, crowns, root canals, or dental mouth guards
Toothache Home Remedies
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Cold compresses
- Hydrogen peroxide rinse
- Peppermint tea bags
- Vanilla extract
- Adjusted oral hygiene routine using a soft-bristle brush, floss for sensitive gums, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Toothache and Tooth Pain
When it comes to toothaches, there are many potential causes; however, some are more common than others.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tooth decay is usually the cause of most people’s toothaches.
When you don’t brush and floss properly or often enough, the bacteria in your mouth release toxins that break down your tooth’s enamel, resulting in little holes called cavities.
You may notice you have a cavity if you can see a brown or white spot on your teeth or if they’re especially sensitive to eating sweet, hot, or cold food.
Alberta Health Services lists several other causes of toothaches, such as:
- A tooth abscess – a red, swollen, painful bump located in or around the sore tooth. They are often very painful when you bite down.
- An impacted tooth – a tooth that has not broken through your gums, resulting in red, swollen, gums and sore teeth around the affected area.
- Physical injury – Teeth grinding or physical impact can damage or crack the tooth.
Additionally, there are non-dental conditions that can create toothaches, like:
- Heart attacks
- Cluster headaches
- Sinus infections
- Viral infections
- Alcohol and drug use
- Vitamin deficiencies
If you experience a toothache of any kind, your best bet is to see us for a consultation.
In many cases, a quick visit could prevent your tooth from dying.
At this point, you may be thinking:
“What’s the best way to get toothache relief?”
The answer will depend on the kind of toothache you have.
1. Cavities and Tooth Decay
Most dentists typically treat cavities and tooth decay in three steps:
- Cleaning your teeth and removing plaque and tartar to stop further decay
- Sealing your cavity hole with a dental filling
- Prescribing antibiotics and other teeth pain medicine
2. Abscessed Teeth
An abscessed tooth requires quick action as it can affect other teeth.
However, the American Dental Association notes there are many different treatments for abscessed teeth depending on the severity of the infection.
To treat a tooth abscess, a dentist may:
- Prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection
- Drain and clean on the abscess
- Clean and treat gums if gum disease led to the abscess
- Give a root canal in cases of tooth decay or cracked teeth. A root canal is when a dentist removes the damaged and infected nerves from your inner tooth to prevent it from spreading
- Install a dental implant (i.e. fake tooth) if tooth extraction is necessary
3. Impacted Teeth
Babies, children, and young adults may experience pain from erupting teeth.
When crowding, genetics, or cysts block erupting teeth, a dentist may need to make extra room using minor surgery.
Physical impact can crack a tooth or irritate and infect the nerves inside.
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, a dentist may repair it using:
- Dental glue
- Little tooth covers called veneers
- Dental filling
- Caps or crowns
- A root canal procedure
People who grind their teeth in sleep may need to wear a special mouthguard that prevents any further damage.
Toothache Home Remedies
Wondering what you can do at home when you get a toothache?
While you’re waiting to visit our dentist, try these tips to alleviate your pain:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever; however, Mayo Clinic warns not to place it against your gums because it may burn the gum tissue
- If an injury caused your toothache, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek
- A hydrogen peroxide rinse can relieve pain, kill bacteria, and reduce plaque. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Make sure to not swallow the rinse
- Healthline recommends using peppermint tea bags to numb and soothe sensitive gums. Allow a used tea bag to cool down to a lukewarm temperature before applying it to the sore area
- Dab vanilla extract on the sore area. Since it is an antioxidant and contains alcohol, it will numb the pain and kill harmful bacteria
Do not abandon your oral hygiene routine if you’re experiencing pain—often times, it will only make the problem worse.
Instead, make some changes to your routine, such as:
- Using a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Gently using floss for sensitive gums
- Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth
None of these home remedies should replace visiting a dentist—even mild toothaches can be indicators of larger issues.
Book a Consultation
Your toothache may be due to tooth decay, abscesses, blocked eruption, physical injury, or non-dental causes.
Depending on the condition, we may choose to clean your teeth, prescribe antibiotics, or design a mouth guard. Some toothaches may require dental fillings, root canals, or dental implants.
In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with warm water, use pain relievers or apply cold compresses. Other home remedies include hydrogen peroxide rinses, peppermint tea bags, and vanilla extract.
Unfortunately, many of these conditions can advance in severity if steps aren’t taken to alleviate them.
Don’t tolerate the tooth pain any longer—book a free consultation with Highmoor Dental by calling (780) 425-1646.