How to Cure a Toothache

Three Methods:Soothing Pain Quickly (Easy Methods)Medical TreatmentsUsing Alternative Methods

Toothaches occur when the extremely sensitive central portion of the tooth, called the pulp, becomes inflamed. This can happen for a variety of reasons: cavities, a blow to the tooth, or an infection of the gums. Read on for information on how to cure a toothache yourself or determine when it's time to go to the dentist.

Method 1
Soothing Pain Quickly (Easy Methods)

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    Take a painkiller. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, which provide quick, effective relief for most minor toothaches.[1] Having a throbbing tooth can impede your ability to eat, speak, and get to sleep. It's also more difficult to treat the toothache when you're in pain, so getting some relief from an over-the-counter pain medicine can help.
    • Use only the recommended dosage printed on the package, or the dosage recommended by your doctor.
    • Tylenol is another effective over-the-counter painkiller.
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    Apply a cold compress. Fill a food storage bag with ice, cover it with a thin cloth or paper towel, and apply it directly to the tooth or the cheek area just outside the tooth. The cold temperature will help ease the pain. Using a ice pack instead of a bag will have the same effect, but be sure to cover it with a towel.
    • Do not apply the ice directly to the tooth. This will increase the pain, especially since teeth inflamed by toothaches are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
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    Numb the area. Buy an over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel to help ease the throbbing for a few hours. These gels are applied directly to the affected area and usually work for several hours.
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    Clean your mouth thoroughly. Sometimes toothaches are caused by small pieces of food that have gotten lodged in the tooth and are exacerbating the pain of cavities or gingivitis. When this is the case, thoroughly cleaning your mouth can go a long way toward eliminating the pain and making the problem go away.
    • Floss around the tooth. Make sure the floss goes up to your gums. Sweep it back and forth across the tooth so that it picks up any particles that have lodged there.
    • Brush the area. If your ache is caused by gingivitis, this is one of the best ways to ease the pain. Brush your teeth for several minutes, concentrating on the painful area. Keep brushing until the area no longer feels as sensitive.
    • Use a rinse. Finish the cleaning by using mouthwash to rinse away dislodged particles.
    • Keep it up. Use this routine twice a day, every day, and keep using it after the pain subsides.
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    Use a sea salt rinse. A toothache caused by a blow to the tooth or a mild infection might go away on its own. To help it along, make a rinse with warm water and a spoonful of sea salt. When the salt dissolves, gargle the water in your mouth, making sure it splashes around the affected area. Repeat several times daily until the pain subsides.

Method 2
Medical Treatments

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    Know when to see the doctor. If the toothache is caused by a major infection or tooth decay, it won't go away on its own. You should see a doctor or dentist if you experience the following symptoms along with the toothache:
    • A fever and chills. This could be a sign that the infection is serious.[2]
    • Discharge. Again, you don't want to risk letting a bad infection get worse.[3]
    • Pain that grows worse and won't go away. You could have a cavity that get worse after every meal.
    • The pain is in a wisdom tooth. Many people have to get their wisdom teeth removed if the teeth grow in at an angle that crowds the mouth.
    • You have trouble swallowing or breathing.
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    Get a filling. If you have a cavity that is exposing the nerves of your teeth, leading to pain, the dentist may decide to put in a filling to protect the nerves from getting overstimulated.[4]
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    Get a root canal. If you have a dental abscess, which happens when the pulp of the tooth gets infected, a root canal will be performed. The dentist cleans the inside of the tooth to get rid of the infection. Since this procedure is painful, the mouth is numbed with local anesthesia beforehand.
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    Get a tooth extraction. In some cases the tooth is beyond repair, and the best course is to get it taken out. In the case of baby teeth, an extraction is almost always performed, since the teeth are going to fall out eventually anyway.[5]
    • Adults who get an extraction often get dentures or veneers to make up for the lost tooth.
    • In the case of wisdom teeth, tooth extraction is almost always performed. Since these teeth are so large, patients are often put under general anesthesia; recovery takes a week or so.

Method 3
Using Alternative Methods

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    Apply clove oil. This is a home remedy that is said to cure or at least ease the pain of a toothache until it goes away on its own. Rub a few drops on the affected tooth several times daily until the ache goes away. Clove oil can be found at most drug stores.
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    Try hard liquor. This time-worn home remedy eases the pain of a toothache, but it probably won't cure it. Still, it's a useful trick when the ache is caused by a blow or a mild infection that will go away after a few days. Pour some whisky or vodka on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected tooth.
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    Clean with hydrogen peroxide. This procedure will clean the area, and can help to ease the pain. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water, and absolutely refrain from swallowing the peroxide.
    • Dip a Q-tip in hydrogen-peroxide, ensuring saturation.
    • Apply the peroxide liberally to the affected area.
    • Repeat.
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    Try an acupressure technique to stop tooth pain fast. With your thumb, press the point on the back of your other hand where the base of your thumb and your index finger meet. Apply pressure for about two minutes. This helps trigger the release of endorphin, the brain’s feel-good hormones.
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    Oil Pulling. Swish 1 tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. There are claims that this reduces the amount to harmful bacteria in the mouth. When you swish the oil, the bacteria get 'stuck' in the oil. This is how the bacteria, as well as plaque caused by bacteria is removed. After 15-20 minutes spit out the oil into a garbage can. Do not swallow will be swallowing the bacteria in the oil if you swallow it. You also should not put oil in the drain, as it can harden and cause it to clog.


  • Brush your teeth more often to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and prevent tooth ache.
  • Try not to eat hard food (apples, nuts, etc ) when suffering from tooth ache.
  • You can apparently cure a toothache with 100% pure vanilla extract. It really helps; just rub it in on the tooth and surrounding gums.
  • When cleaning your teeth use your mouthwash before you brush your teeth not after is the advice offered by some to prevent tooth ache.
  • Pierce an Advil liquid capsule and squeeze a little out onto a cotton bud then put it on the hole in tooth. It can provide instant relief. The taste isn't the best but it's 100% better than the pain.
  • Floss your teeth daily to help prevent, not cure, toothache.
  • Try ginger as this can kill the pain, if not cure, toothache. A cup of ginger tea every few hours could help.
  • Go to the dentist, whether you like them or not, it's the best place to go.
  • Put a cold ice package on your tooth, some warn against a warm compress to relieve toothache.
  • Gargle with Listerine or another mouthwash for 19 minutes, then apply a cloth externally to the affected area, not a cure of course, but may provide relief.
  • Put some Olive Oil on a cotton bud and put it on the aching tooth. It should get rid of toothache according to some.
  • Using clove oil or cloves work to alleviate the pain.
  • Just go to the doctor. No questions asked.
  • Use dissolvable/soluble Aspirin as a mouthwash, concentrating on the affected tooth by rinsing that area thoroughly. Swallow the Aspirin if the toothache is unbearable.
  • Try to put some alcohol where you have toothache and let it be there for couple minutes. It should ease the pain for some time.
  • Don't eat too many sweets because they are bad for your health and they can cause toothaches.
  • Drink milk or cold water.

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