Toothache can be a pain that emanates from a tooth or from several teeth. Occasionally they hurt below the level of the gum. Most toothaches result from tooth decay, gingivitis, tooth sensitivity, inflammation of the pulp of the tooth, neuralgia, an abscess or sinusitis (in which case the pain is reflex). The pain can be a constant or intermittent pulse. Sometimes it is caused by eating something that irritates the exposed nerve of the tooth. Once the tooth is treated, some pain may persist, but it should subside as the area around the tooth calms down. A toothache should always be investigated as soon as possible by a dentist but, while waiting for the visit, there are many treatments that provide temporary medicine for toothache pain relief.
Aspirin or acetaminophen will help relieve inflammation and relieve pain while you wait to go to the dentist. At your office, the dentist will carefully examine the mouth to identify the cause of the pain and provide treatment. Antibiotics may be prescribed for infections. for example, the root of the nerve, in the pulp of the tooth, or where bleeding gums present the risk of an infection. Toothaches combined with temperature can mean an abscess, and then a quick treatment is needed. The abscess can be opened with a lancet, treated with antibiotics and / or an anesthetic injection.
Emergency treatment is needed for severe toothaches that keep the person awake at night, if the gums become inflamed or if the side of the face where the pain is experienced swells.
Since a toothache is usually a symptom of decayed teeth, it will require a visit to the dentist. Meanwhile, homeopathic treatment may include:
Coffee: for toothache with severe lacunar pain.
Chamomilla: for toothache with unbearable pain.
Belladonna: for toothache with pulsating pain, in particular if gums and cheeks are swollen.