Do you have a severe toothache and can’t sleep? We will tell you how to stop that unbearable toothache by killing the nerve of the tooth.
Dental nerve pain symptoms can come in a variety of clinical presentations. It can have multiple symptoms or just one, pain.
• Severe throbbing pain that comes and goes.
• May feel like a pounding heart.
• Slow continuous pain
• Sharp pain
• Teeth sensitive to hot and cold
• You may have a fever.
• You may feel mentally restless and tired from constant toothache.
How to Kill Tooth Pain Nerve. Two ways to stop a toothache immediately are to either remove the nerve from the tooth or remove the entire tooth completely. Both methods will numb the nerve so it can no longer hurt you. Once you eliminate the source of nerve pain, you will feel pain relief.
• Root canal. The tooth will remain in the mouth but the nerve will leave the tooth. Because the nerve is dead, you will feel immediate pain relief. Unfortunately, this procedure can only be performed by your dentist.
• Tooth extraction. This is when you have the tooth completely extracted. There are many ways to remove a tooth, but the most common is to do it with your dentist under local anesthesia. This is the least painful way to do it as you will be numb for the entire process. You will then have a hole in your mouth from the missing tooth.
These are just two ways to get relief from persistent toothache pain. All other methods will provide temporary pain relief because they do not address the underlying cause, which is an unhealthy nerve. Nerves need to be treated directly to relieve pain and not indirectly to relieve symptoms. Although if you’re interested, there are ways to calm irritated dental nerves.
You may be surprised but there is one scenario where you can hit a tooth nerve at home and that is when you have a very loose tooth, where you can physically move it from side to side and so on. Looks like it’s about to come out. Just like when you were a kid and your baby teeth were loose, do you remember the old floss technique for removing baby teeth?
We recommend that you see a dentist but realistically not all the teeth that have been extracted in this world have been from a dentist. Generally, loose teeth from severe gum disease tend to fall out on their own over time. Yes, you will get relief from permanent pain only after the tooth falls out.
• Nerve pain from a loose tooth. If you have unbearable tooth pain and the tooth is so loose that you can move it with your fingers. It seems like if you just cut into an avocado toast, it will pop out on its own. To get rid of the pain, you will need to remove the tooth completely.
1. Apply some Anbisol around the tooth that hurts.
2. Tie a piece of floss around the tooth.
3. Pull the floss really fast in less than 1 second.
4. The tooth should now be in your hand.
This is a technique for primary teeth and not for mature teeth. If you remember from your childhood, your baby’s teeth should be very loose so that you can floss them. Also please don’t try to use pliers on your teeth… The floss trick to remove loose baby teeth has been used by parents and children since the beginning of time.
What we recommend instead is that you contact your dentist immediately so that they can complete the procedure painlessly for you. Our LIC dentists are highly skilled in tooth extraction and will be more than happy to assist you.
If you still can’t make an appointment with the dentist, there are some natural home remedies you can try that can temporarily relieve tooth nerve pain.
• Cold compress. Apply ice to the affected side for 15 minutes and keep it off for 15 minutes. You can repeat as many times as needed. Cold will provide a numbing effect for toothache.
• Rinse with salt water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water and rinse with the solution for 2 minutes. Spit it back out later.
• Listerine rinse. Rinse for seconds and, according to the manufacturer, Listerine will kill 99.9% of the bacteria in your mouth. Listerine may not cure your toothache but it may prevent it from getting worse as it keeps the bacterial population under control.
• Hydrogen peroxide rinse. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a 1:1 ratio and rinse for 2 minutes. Studies show that 6% hydrogen peroxide can kill half of the bacteria in just 15 seconds. This will prevent the bacteria from growing further.
Oil of oregano. Put a drop of oregano oil on the Q-tip and use it to massage the tooth with pain for about 2 minutes. Repeat as many times as needed. Oregano is a powerful bacterial growth inhibitor and has even been shown to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
• Peppermint Tea Bag. Steep peppermint tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool to near room temperature and then place the tea bag on the affected tooth. Steep on a peppermint tea bag for 10 minutes. Studies show that the menthol in peppermint has a mild antibacterial effect.
• Garlic. Eat lots of fresh garlic and it can help prevent infections. Studies show that fresh garlic can also work against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
• Thyme oil and clove oil. Place a drop of oil on the Q-tip and use it to massage around the offending tooth for 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a cup of water and use it as a mouthwash.
All the above methods will provide temporary pain relief from dental nerve pain. It won’t kill it permanently but it will help temporarily. If natural remedies don’t work, you can try over-the-counter painkillers instead.
If you’re experiencing a throbbing toothache in the middle of the night when no dentist is open, your only option may be to use over-the-counter pain relievers. The best pain reliever to relieve nerve pain from a toothache is a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen. You need to take them both together for the full effect, otherwise you won’t get the maximum pain relief benefit.
1. Take two extra strength Tylenol tablets, 500 mg, every 8 hours for a total of 1000 mg.
2. Take two Advil tablets, 200 mg, for a total of 400 mg every 8 hours.
3. Take both of them simultaneously with a glass of water.
The chart above was from a study that showed how combining ibuprofen with acetaminophen was actually better than both ibuprofen with codeine and acetaminophen with codeine. The combination of the two drugs offered the greatest amount of pain relief about 90 minutes after taking it.
Studies have also shown that taking the two pain relievers together provided pain relief that was similar to taking narcotic drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Taking them individually did not produce the desired effects.
• Please be aware that you should not take it for more than one day unless directed by your doctor.
• You need to make an appointment with your dentist immediately the next day. It’s just meant to get you through the night so you can get some sleep.
This is great news because if you’re experiencing nerve pain from your toothache, you probably already have ibuprofen and acetaminophen at home that you can take. You don’t even need a prescription from your dentist to buy either if you don’t have one at home. This makes it the best home remedy to relieve your toothache.
Hope this helps explain how you can get some pain relief from a toothache. When in doubt, it’s always best to see your dentist because most home remedies don’t address the underlying cause. They usually only provide temporary pain relief but it will return within a few hours! Only your dentist can provide you with permanent treatment and our emergency dentist in Long Island City can help you kill the nerve of your toothache.
• This article is for informational purposes only.
• You should consult your dentist as they are your primary care provider.
• 99.99% of dental symptoms require the intervention of a dentist, the unfortunate reality of dentistry. (Hint: This is why you can’t get rid of us.)