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What can you do about tooth pain before you see the dentist?

What can you do about tooth pain before you see the dentist?

Not much: Motrin/ibuprofen/advil taken exactly as specified on package, and intermittent cold compresses, may take the edge off. Nothing otc or diy will eliminate the infection that is the cause of the pain. Left untreated, it will only spread. So get to your dentist quickly for treatment and relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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How can I manage severe tooth pain till i see my dentist?

How can I manage severe tooth pain till i see my dentist?

Anti inflammatories.: Take 3-4 advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hrs. Also alleve works well . Take 2 am and 2 pm. Only do this for a few days until you are seen professionally. Also ambesol topically can help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to deal with tooth pain until i can see my dentist?

Can you tell me how to deal with tooth pain until i can see my dentist?

Ice & Advil (ibuprofen): Use cold compresses. Take otc analgesic exactly as described on package dosing instructions. Once your emergency is treated, have a complete evaluation and fix all the little problems before this happens again. ...Read more

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Severe but brief tooth pain 6 months after crown, has been sensitive to temperature the whole time. Going on a week trip, can I wait to see dentist?

Severe but brief tooth pain 6 months after crown, has been sensitive to temperature the whole time. Going on a week trip, can I wait to see dentist?

See your dentist now: A painful toothache or other dental emergencies is a traveler's nightmare. It’s a good idea to see your dentist before you leave on your trip. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tooth pain months after a filling, can't see dentist until later. What can I do in the meantime?

Tooth pain months after a filling, can't see dentist until later. What can I do in the meantime?

Get help ASAP: Pain is your bodies way of telling you there's something that needs your attention now. Sorry you're not feeling well, but please try to get to your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, 1-2 200mg Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) or 1 Ibuprofen + 1 acetominophen (tylenol) every 4 hours w lots of liquid or food. Won't fix the problem, but should take the edge off. ...Read more

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I'm having severe tooth pain. My dentist doesn't see anything wrong with my tooth. Can this be an earache?

I'm having severe tooth pain. My dentist doesn't see anything wrong with my tooth. Can this be an earache?

Which tooth?: Some pain can be referred. You may have a sinus condition, could be an impacted tooth, could even be a cracked tooth. Have your dentist take another look or see an endodontist. ...Read more

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What is a good way to alleviate tooth pain before you are able to see a dentist.?

What is a good way to alleviate tooth pain before you are able to see a dentist.?

Multiple ways: There are many different reasons that your teeth could hurt. Ibuprofen is thebest anti-inflammatory medicine for tooth pain caused by an inflamed nerve. Sensitive toothpaste can help alleviate gumline sensitivity/pain. Fluoride rinse will help harden teeth with eroded enamel., etc. Best treatment is to see your dentist though, they will be able to diagnose exactly what is going on. ...Read more

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Tooth pain started 3 weeks after perm crown. Dentist: wait, see if the nerves correct themselves. Root canal? Wait? Heat hurts and can't chew food

Tooth pain started 3 weeks after perm crown.
Dentist: wait, see if the nerves correct themselves.
Root canal? Wait?
Heat hurts and can't chew food

RCT: Sensitivity to heat is especially a classic sign of nerve involvement and the need for root canal therapy. Pain on biting pressure can be merely the bite being high and the need to adjust the bite. However, both symptoms combined along with the course of events that you describe would make the need for rct very likely. I think 3 weeks is long enough to wait for resolution. See your dentist now. ...Read more

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