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A 23-year-old female asked:

Hi, my top teeth to the right the back tooth to the right just started hurting. when i bite down it hurts, is there any way to relieve the pain at home? i have peppermint oil would that help? thank you, madison derryberry :?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
NSAIDs: OTC pain meds will help for the short term, giving you time to get to see your dentist. Maxillary posterior teeth that hurt upon biting could be fractured, have a necrotic nerve, have a carious lesion, or have roots with close proximity to an inflamed sinus. In any event you need to see a local dentist to treat the dental issue or rule out any dental problems. Peppermint oil can burn your gums.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Toothache: Many possibilities including tooth infection, gum infection, sinus infection, fracture, parafunctional habits, etc. Sorry, no OTC, homeopathic, oil, salve, pill, etc., will provide permeant cure, only possibly temporary symptomatic relief as problem worsens. Please see a Dentist. He/she is trained/experienced in providing long-lasting care.

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