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What's a good home remedy for a toothache?

21 doctor answers45 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
There isn't one: There really isn't a good home remedy for a toothache. You can mask the pain with pain killers like advil or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or lessen the pain with topicals like anbesol, but that's about it. Toothaches have a variety of causes, from trauma to decay to infection to sinus-related. No one treatment is good for all of those. Heed the pain as a warning, and go see your dentist, and get the cause treated.
Dr. Randy Feldman
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Oil of clove: Short term oil of clove has been used since turn of century-place on small cotton pellet and then on offending area of tooth for immediate relief. However, if major decay and abcess efficacy decreases with extent of issue. See your local dds! (:)).
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Oil of cloves, OTC: As in the movie marathon man, oil of cloves. No guarantees and only a temporary fix at best; also otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you normally take for a headache. Get to a dentist! or the problem will only get worse!
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None: See a dentist. Find out why your tooth/teeth hurt. Don't put it off. Deal with sooner or later to prevent matters from getting worse.
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
Temporary Only: You can generally get some relief with Ibuprofen & acetominophen combined along with damp, hot compresses to the area. That said, this is only a temp. Solution & you really need to see the dentist. Pain usually indicates at least a cavity but more often an abscess which can spread & become dangerous. See the dentist asap!
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No cures: There are no home remedies or cures for rotten teeth. No magic pills or rinses or mouthwashes. Toothaches need to be treated locally by a dentist, someone who has years of experience treating these conditions. The sooner you call the sooner you will feel better. Please don't delay, the pain may soon be unbearable.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist: Regardless, a tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment and treatment.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Toothache remedy: There is no effective home remedy. Toothache pain is caused by deep decay, a fractured filling or tooth, or an infected (abcessed) tooth. The only effective remedy for a toothache is treatment by a dentist. The longer treatment is delayed, the worse the problem will become.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 35 years experience
Dentist: I don't have a clue. But i wouldn't mess around with home remedies in these cases. Dental abscess, a common cause of tooth pain, can be very serious if left untreated. The infection can spread up into the brain and bad things happen. Get it checked out by a dentist, then you can take care of things simply if possible.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 31 years experience
Pain Treatment.: A persistent toothache needs to be evaluated by an appropriately trained provider. Untreated it can potentially lead to more serious conditions.
Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Endodontics 31 years experience
There is not one...: You should go see your general dentist for an evaluation. If sensitive to hot/cold cold be root canal related.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
None: The only remedy is to see your dentist asap.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Remedy: A remedy is something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment. Other than OTC pain meds, there are no DIY treatments to replace proper dental care. Please call a dentist for an appointment. In addition, the pain meds do not solve your problem, they just prolong your agony.
Dr. Loren Lewis
Occupational Medicine 34 years experience
Dentist: It is probably not ideal to pursue a home remedy for a toothache. Sometimes, increased brushing and an antiinflammatory medication may help. But if there is no immediate effect, you should see a dentist. This may indicate serious dental decay and a possible tooth abscess.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 31 years experience
Pain Assessment: There are many reasons why a tooth may ache. These can include a simple sensitivity which may be treated with sugar free lozengers and toothepastes such as sensodyne versus serious infections which need to be treated as soon as possible by an appropriate treating provider.
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Endodontics 30 years experience
They're temporary: It depends on what the cause of toothache is! if it is due to caries, all home remedies will be temporary, since without removing the caries & restoring tooth with a restorative material will not permanently resolve toothache. On the contrary, cavity will grow, problem will get bigger, ache more, treatment more expensive, & will take more time to fix. Meantime, use oil of cloves, keep teeth clean.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
None, really: There are no home remedies or cures for rotten teeth. No magic pills or rinses or mouthwashes. Toothaches need to be treated locally by a dentist, someone who has years of experience treating these conditions. The sooner you call the sooner you will feel better. Please don't delay, the pain may soon be unbearable.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 35 years experience
Dentist: I don't have a clue. But i wouldn't mess around with home remedies in these cases. Dental abscess, a common cause of tooth pain, can be very serious if left untreated. The infection can spread up into the brain and bad things happen. Get it checked out by a dentist, then you can take care of things simply if possible.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 31 years experience
Pain Assessment.: There are many reasons why a tooth may ache. These can include a simple sensitivity which may be treated with sugar free lozengers and toothepastes such as sensodyne versus serious infections which need to be treated as soon as possible by an appropriate treating provider.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Oil of Clove: Oil of clove has been used both as a home remedy and the dental profession as a dental sedative for years. It may ease the pain of a toothache but not fix the problem. I strongly suggest that you contact your dentist to evaluate the cause of your problem and treat it accordingly. Good luck -.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
None, really: There are no home remedies or cures for rotten teeth. No magic pills or rinses or mouthwashes. Toothaches need to be treated locally by a dentist, someone who has years of experience treating these conditions. The sooner you call the sooner you will feel better. Please don't delay, the pain may soon be unbearable.

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