I have a severe toothache, front tooth. Can't see a dentist until next week. Any suggestions for relieving the pain on a front tooth?

Solving your toothache is largely a matter of understanding what is causing the pain in the first place. This is because a regular inflammation of the gums or the pulp within the tooth can be controlled by regular painkillers, but if you have suffered some kind of trauma to the tooth and this is causing the pain, then it is very unlikely that anything but a dentist can help you. In its absolutely worst scenario, you might have to get a root canal treatment done and this will give you immediate relief.

The reasons for this part of the tooth being inflamed and injured are usually decay and traumatic injury to the tooth that exposes the interior of the tooth. Decay is a process by which the bacteria in the mouth are more active than normal. This hyperactivity causes the bacteria to cause acid and this eats into the tooth enamel. Over time, the erosion of the tooth enamel, which is largely made up of calcium, will expose the interior of the tooth and allow an entry point for bacteria. When this happens, the tooth and gums get inflamed. Traumatic injury is pretty much the same mechanism though in this case, the nerve is directly exposed to the outside world. Sometimes the injury to the tooth can be minute but any kind of injury can crack the tooth down to the pulp. In both of these cases, the only way out of the problem is to perform a root canal treatment. This is a treatment in which the tooth is drilled into and the insides of the tooth are removed with the use of special screws. The tooth is then filled with dental cement and sealed. The entire operation could take two sittings. Cosmetic additions to replace the shape of the tooth are also performed during this time.

The only way to get relief from tooth pain is to chew on a clove or to take painkillers like acetaminophen or acetylsalicylic acid. Ibuprofen is also recommended and is sometimes a better alternative to avoid acidity. Clove usage should be done carefully because swallowing your spit while chewing a clove can cause acidity in itself. If this does happen or to avoid it happening, simply have a banana before or when the acidity builds up. It is also important to note that pregnant women should avoid using clove oil when it comes to treating tooth aches.

answered by G M

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