Patient Comments: Toothache - Experience


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Comment from: deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I noticed someone else said they brush then take some hydrogen peroxide and hold it in their mouth on the side of the pain, then swish it around and spit out, making sure not to swallow any (because I believe it could be poisonous). I've always done this along w/Tylenol and had it work. It usually takes at least 5 or 6 times, depending how long you have let the pain go. I've learned to start doing this as soon as I think I'm getting one of these pain outbreaks. Make sure you don't eat or drink anything sweet during this time. I usually get this way when I have had a lot of sweets, like soda or a sinus problem which I'm going through now. Good luck

Comment from: Issie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

Great post. I get a lot of knowledge from your articles, it's very helpful to me. I am always faced toothache from gum infection which I think is maybe from stuck food particles between the teeth. I have used a water flosser for a month and have seen a positive result with my oral health.

Comment from: nutra777, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have an extreme fear of dentists. So whenever I need anything done, which is usually extractions, I have to make an appointment with an oral surgeon. A month ago I made an appointment and I am 4 days away from seeing him. I have three molars on the top and bottom all on the left side. I have been taking antibiotics for six days now to keep the infection to a minimum. The excruciating pain I'm experiencing is due to so many exposed nerves. The entire left side of my face, neck, head, and especially my ear, is killing me. My dentist gave me hydrocodone but that only decreases the pain for about 2 hours. I've been taking a lot of ibuprofen and am sacrificing my stomach in order to get relief in my mouth. I've also used Orajel an ointment for severe toothache. It works but again my stomach gets upset by it. I have found that everything I put in my mouth must be room temperature. I thought a cup of coffee would help ease the pain but it made it more severe. I've got 4 very painful days to go! I am avoiding the hospital like the plague.

Comment from: Eloi, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

I have to wait 6 days till my appointment at a dentist, and the pain is unbearable, so far I've tried Paracetamol, helps, but briefly. Also, Morphine to various degrees does help a lot, small doses of Morphine sulfate every 4 hours will allow at least 15 minutes to1 hour of numbness, yet the effects of this drug wear off quite fast (this is helpful when trying to sleep, although morphine has some dopey side effects). Alcohol helped, although that I won’t recommend. Exposing the tooth to warm and cold water provided very brief pain relief, although even more pain afterwards, especially after warmed salt water.

Comment from: GP, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

After you brush your teeth, rinse with warm water. Sip a small amount of peroxide, and let it set on your tongue until it starts to fizz. Slowly rinse one side, and then rinse the other side. It hurts a little at first, but the pain eased off. Keep repeating this until the pain is gone. Believe it or not, it worked for my toothache.

Comment from: bsimmons2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had a tooth pulled on a Friday and 2 days later I have a dull ache in that area. I had dry socket before and it’s not like that pain.

Comment from: francoise, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I had my teeth cleaned about 2 months ago. Previous to that, I had a crown repaired. Since them I've been having pain on the side where the work was done on the crown. Sometimes there's a "pinching or tightening sensation" around the teeth in the same area.

Published: September 16

Same problem, sensitivity to hot or cold and much pain at the tooth, lower jaw and neck. Tylenol III wouldn't cut it, and I tried Advil on the dentist's advise and was pain-free for about 3-4 hours after each dose, usually 400-600 mg. It worked very well for me until the root canal was done. Even the minor pain after the root canal can also helped.

Published: August 19

Bring your thumb and forefinger together and locate the muscle on the hand on the same side that the tooth is hurting. Locate the highest position on that "web" muscle. Separate your fingers and relax your hand. Apply pressure to this area. This seems to work pretty well for me.

Comment from: susan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had an abscessed tooth that was also a 20-year-old crown. It did not hurt, but three different dentists said it needed to be redone or removed. All I could afford was to have it pulled. Now a year later, the tooth that was next to it is throbbing, even though I was told there is no cavity there. It feels as if the pulling of that crown was worse for my health. It may have damaged the tooth next to it, and now I have more problems.


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Comment from: medime, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I had a crown put on, and now I have been having so much pain in my jaw that it has gone into my ear and head. They are saying that I need a root canal, and that they cannot get me in until the end of the week. They gave me Vicodin. I started taking the medicine yesterday, and I am still in so much pain I can hardly stand it. The medicine is not working.

Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

Try a local rinse of Chloraseptic. The liquid numbs the area temporarily while you wait for drugs to kick in. It really takes the edge off.

Comment from: momb, 65-74 Female Published: August 21

I have pain when touching, biting down, on an old crowed molar. I'm traveling for the next ten days but I think the least expensive way to solve my problem may be to extract it rather than root canal it. I'm on social security now and do not have insurance.

Comment from: mark08, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I recently had a crown on a top of a back molar. I have had consistent pain for over two weeks after the temp crown and now after the permanent crown. It is totally manageable with 200 MG of Motrin every four hours. If a late on the Motrin dose the pain returns. I am traveling and can’t get to a dentist for at least a week.

Comment from: latenightpain, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I found my self up at three in the morning scouring the Internet for pain relief from a toothache. My tooth is half gone and I have no way to get it fixed and I couldn’t take the pain any more aspirin works really well for a awhile, but you build a tolerance then I tried vanilla extract I didn’t think it was going to work but to my pleasant surprise it worked very well sore but no pain I can sleep now.

Comment from: Moon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I'm suffering from severe toothache for the last 2 days due to origin of new tooth at the jaw. I'm 2 years old and female. This probably is making me suffer for the last 2 years. The teeth try to come out but finally they do not and almost every 6 months I have to suffer for this.

Comment from: love root canals, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

A recent toothache bottom left molar (no. 18) was repaired with my first root canal at the suggestion of my long time family dentist. Excellent dental history. However, I'm still experiencing discomfort and pain. It’s as if nothing was done. I know there is no root and there should be no pain. I don't understand. What is up? I'm reluctant to revisit my dentist and look like an idiot, but I need relief.

Comment from: geenastarr, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

utilize Ambesol along with very cold compresses to temporarily ease the pain. Throbbing and intense, the pain feels as though it is emanating from the tooth itself and the surrounding gum area always has certain spots where I can feel the pain emanating from more intensely. I apply and hold Ambesol with my pinky finger and hold it there with very little pressure, which I feel helps the product to work a bit better! Anyone with this pain knows that even the strongest of narcotic pain relievers will not ease it. It is the pain of an infection in the area. Antibiotics are the only thing that can and do stop the pain and then the issue must be dealt with, if not the pain will return but only worse!

Comment from: obstreperous, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I am currently coping with an abscess in a molar tooth that had a root canal and crown done about 3 years ago. If it can't be fixed today, I will have it pulled today. This is the worst pain imaginable. Percocet doesn't even help at all. I am currently taking 800 mg. Motrin every 6 hours and Tylenol 1000 mg in between. Hope my liver holds out. On the 1-10 pain scale, this is a 20. I do have a high tolerance for pain. I went through labor and delivery of my son with no pain medicine, no epidural, no nothing. Also broke my leg in 3 places several years ago and coped without meds. Anyone who hasn't had tooth pain can't understand how bad it is.

Comment from: AZtoothache, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I've had a toothache for 3 days now. I put Sensodyne toothpaste on my finger and dab it on the tooth. It seems to help for awhile until it wears off. Brushing the aching tooth with Sensodyne doesn’t help. It is a temporary fix until I see a dentist.


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Comment from: Tigerette, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

Every time I get a sinus infection it goes to my teeth. I have a lot of broken teeth, the root is still in gum. I get a lot of infections. I’m constantly on Clindamycin, or Cipro. I also have a lot of pain with my wisdom teeth. I don't have time to see a dentist, plus I can't take the Novocain it won't take on me. I need an oral surgeon, put to sleep, but can't find one, also I am a big baby when it comes to a dentist. I am on a lot of medications, and a diabetic. What can I do? I also start having pain in chest and left arm I actually feel like I’m having a heart attack, any info will help please.

Comment from: s, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I have a toothache in my lower left side wisdom tooth which is causing my ear and whole bottom jaw line to hurt. I have no insurance and lost my job. I can’t see a dentist or doctor. I don’t know what to do. I can’t live with the pain I don’t sleep I cry all the time it is very painful. I brush every day and I use mouth wash, but my teeth are still decaying and pain is so harsh. I have tried everything I don’t know what else to do it hurts.

Comment from: Jono, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

Surprisingly enough, I found that milk relieved the toothache somewhat. In my case, it was milk mixed with skim milk powder, oat bran, Splenda and strawberry or coffee flavor. I had tried everything else: clove oil, Panadol, Advil, Panadeine 15 (i.e. 15 mg codeine), oral anesthetic gel. I suspect that the calcium ions in the milk have something to do with it. I'm still seeing the dentist tomorrow; only about a month ago, he gave all my teeth a clean bill of health.

Comment from: Garbydud, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I have a dull pain in my left upper teeth. I cannot determine which one. The dull pain can go to sharp pain on its own. I saw my dentist yesterday. He X-rayed the last three teeth, and he removed and replaced the fillings on the last two teeth, but the pain is still there.

Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I coped with my toothache by using Papadeine (Paracetamol and codeine), keeping busy doing something, not focusing on the pain, and keeping an optimistic attitude.

Comment from: lambchop, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I am having spasms of toothache pain. I have gum disease. I put some ground clove on my teeth, it numbs the pain for now. I will call my dentist Monday for an appointment.


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