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I have severe tooth pain that can only be soothed by cold water. I took ibuprofen but it doesn't work. What else can I do?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: See a dentist asap

It sounds like the nerve is what we call "hot" meaning severely inflamed or infected.
You most likely will need root canal therapy, although without being able to personally examine you, i can't be sure. See a dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Call the emergency number if necessary.

In brief: See a dentist asap

It sounds like the nerve is what we call "hot" meaning severely inflamed or infected.
You most likely will need root canal therapy, although without being able to personally examine you, i can't be sure. See a dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Call the emergency number if necessary.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Get a root canal

Pain to heat is the symptom of the late stages of pulpal inflammation.
This stage is followed by pulpal death, called necrosis. Then an abscess starts to form at the roots end. The sooner you get the root canal, the better!

In brief: Get a root canal

Pain to heat is the symptom of the late stages of pulpal inflammation.
This stage is followed by pulpal death, called necrosis. Then an abscess starts to form at the roots end. The sooner you get the root canal, the better!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your dentist

When cold helps tooth pain it usually is related to a deteriorating nerve issue in a tooth and must be treated before it becomes abscessed.

In brief: See your dentist

When cold helps tooth pain it usually is related to a deteriorating nerve issue in a tooth and must be treated before it becomes abscessed.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: See a professional.

It sounds like this is beyond home remedy.
Like a splinter in your finger, dental pain exists because there is a problem. Would you take pain medication & antibiotics and use an ice-pack to manage the splinter? Not likely: you would take it out! see your dentist asap. Solve the problem. Be well :-).

In brief: See a professional.

It sounds like this is beyond home remedy.
Like a splinter in your finger, dental pain exists because there is a problem. Would you take pain medication & antibiotics and use an ice-pack to manage the splinter? Not likely: you would take it out! see your dentist asap. Solve the problem. Be well :-).
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Meds. Dentist

OTC pain meds until you can see a dentist.
Hopefully today.

In brief: Meds. Dentist

OTC pain meds until you can see a dentist.
Hopefully today.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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