Dental implants, root canals, and other common dental procedures are always the best way to permanently relieve your dental pain. However, there is often some lag time between when your tooth starts hurting and the next available emergency dental care appointment.
Since dental pain can be one of the most painful experiences you have in your life, it's important you take a quick and multi-pronged approach to alleviate it. Thankfully, there are many inexpensive ways to do so, including each of the following:
Rinse with a Salt Water Solution
Salt is both one of the cheapest things in your pantry and one of the best things you can use to alleviate your dental pain. Mixing some salt in a warm glass of water and rinsing with it will immediately help your teeth feel better.
Brush with Toothpaste Designed for Sensitive Teeth
When your teeth hurt, it's important to brush your teeth with a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste contains compounds that deaden the end of the painful nerves and relieve both pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.
Put Some Orajel on the Painful Tooth
If you don't have any objection to purchasing medication, then Orajel is a fantastic thing to use temporarily for dental pain. Orajel contains a topical anesthetic and deadens the nerves around your sore tooth. While it doesn't last for an extended period of time, the Orajel is great for giving you some relief from the pain while you brush your teeth or eat a meal.
Put Some Clove Oil on the Tooth
If you don't want to use Orajel or don't have any at home, then you can also use clove oil. Clove oil is made by pressing cloves and is available at any local pharmacy and many grocery stores.
Clove oil will make the tooth stop hurting if you put it on a cotton ball or gauze pad and then place it on your tooth. Leave it in place until the pain goes away and then dispose of it in the trash. Apply a fresh cotton ball with more clove oil when the pain returns.
Contact Your Dentist if the Pain Gets Worse
Finally, it's important to note that if your tooth pain gets worse or appears to be spreading to surrounding teeth, then it's important to call your dentist. If you are unable to reach a dentist and feel that you have a dental emergency, then you should go to your local emergency room.