When you struggle with a toothache, it can quickly become a problem that gets out of control. A minor toothache means taking it easy with what you eat or taking some over the counter medications to relieve the pain.
However, a massive toothache that requires narcotics to handle the pain is not something to mess around with. If your pain is severe, call your dentist and tell them what is going on. They will do what they can to see you sooner, rather than later.
Ways of Helping Alleviate Toothache PainToothaches can be easy to manage if the problem is a minor cavity or something stuck between your teeth. In these cases, rinsing with room temperature or slightly warmer salt water is often all you need to do. This will help relieve the pain, and give you the ability to function like normal for a few hours, plus it can be repeated as necessary.
Ice on the cheek over the area that hurts can also help. Put it on your cheek for about 15 minutes, then take it off for about 15 minutes. Keep repeating this until you get a bit of relief.
It usually only takes one or two cycles. You can also rinse with a bit of coconut oil with a drop of essential oils like peppermint or wintergreen, then spit the rinse out into the garbage. This can take the edge off the pain, and give you a few hours of relief until you can be seen.
If you get toothaches off and on, go in and see your dentist. They can examine your mouth, and see if they can narrow down the cause of the pain. From there, you and your dentist can work together to form a treatment plan that will bring you the relief you have been seeking.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 420-7600 today.