Toothache - serious pain

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gobucs
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Toothache - serious pain

Postby gobucs » Thu May 19, 2016 8:51 am

73 years and I've made it until yesterday without ever experiencing a toothache. Wow, it feels like I've got a migraine on the left side of my mouth. I've got an appointment today with my dentist to hopefully fix it but the pain is pretty intense (and I'm pretty tough).

I looked up root canal and I fit all of the symptoms so hopefully my dentist can knock it out today. Meanwhile, any recommendations for the pain? This is crazy.

kimbrad
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Re: Toothache - serious pain

Postby kimbrad » Thu May 19, 2016 10:06 am

Try Advil and/or Tylenol first but you've likely tried those already.

If it's an infection, you'll likely be referred to an endodontist who will clean out the tooth's root canal which will solve your problem. Meanwhile there are several home remedies you can try to give you some temporary relief. I've personally tried lightly chewing on a damp peppermint tea bag and it seemed to help. Other home remedies I've heard of include:

- rinsing with salt water (good if it's truly an infection since salt is a hostile environment)
- a heating pad on low
- some vanilla extract on a cotton ball

Good luck!

gobucs
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Re: Toothache - serious pain

Postby gobucs » Fri May 20, 2016 9:44 am

Just an update after my dentist appt yesterday. It's an infected tooth that will require a root canal. Seeing an endodontist on Monday so hopefully that will solve this issue once and for all.

Meanwhile he prescribed a round of antibiotics and the pain is MUCH better today. It doesn't necessarily solve the issue but the infection has definitely gone done. I'm very thankful (and even more thankful for a good night's sleep!)




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