Thank you everyone for your ideas, I too have two broken teeth - roots and nerves exposed, and no dental insurance (i've had some barbaric dental work that has scarred me for life and ruined my face so I don't think I would go anyway). I have found that if you take a small paper cup, fill it halfway with warm water and halfway with Listerine - it kills the pain. Don't use full power listerine, that would be like pouring alcohol on a cut, but use half/half warm water. Take a sip, don't swallow, just hold it in the part of your mouth that hurts. Pain goes away for long while. For when I'm not home, anbesol or oral numbing gel works. Tooth pain is right up there with labor pain and kidney stones once the nerve is exposed. I pray that God will help us all be able to have the money for new smiles done by a humane tooth surgeon while we are under anesthesia.
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