Tags: toothache, toothache
Someday someone is going to be up all night with a severe toothache, and a search engine or perhaps a link from another source will bring them to this post.
I just endured a night of what you're going through. Out of nowhere a few days ago, a minor toothache, which I thought was a gum irritation because the teeth in that area all appear to be healthy. That minor toothache got bigger and hurtier until I wanted to huff and puff and blow the house down. So, at 2:09AM, I turned on the computer and began googling terms like "home toothache remedies" and "severe toothache." I discovered that many others had experienced the same thing I was experiencing, had tried the same remedies I had tried. Google and Yahoo both brought me to a bloggers' 2005 blog post about a toothache!
Of all the temporary cures and remedies, here's what is working for me this morning as I wait for a callback from the dentist: 400mg (2 caps) Ibuprofen every two hours and sip on hot coffee or tea. Of all the ice packs, compresses, oral gels and larger doses of Ibuprofen I tried, the 2 caps every 2 hours works the best! Go figure!
Nothing I write here will take away the pain. I did read a few horror stories of people driven to yank out the offending tooth with pliers, something I would not recommend under even the direst of circumstances! I hope you feel better: if you have any antibiotics leftover from a previous bacterial infection you could take those until you get to a dentist or emergency care center.