I have had an infected tooth in the gums for several months off and on. A couple of spells where it was so bad I was ready to pull the tooth myself. After a visit to the dentist and refusing to pay his extortion, but getting a script for antibiotics and pain meds I found this was only a temp fix. Since then it has flared up mildly and a method I use to good effect is to apply TIGER BALM ointment to my jaw and cheek at the point of the infection/tooth and to rub it in well and also at the lymph nodes on the neck, in front and back of the ear on that side or both to help your immunity. And this is also with the restriction of sugar from the diet as that aggravates the immune system and causes inflammation in the entire body adding to discomfort overall. I make sure that the teeth are clean and well flossed and do not use commercial toothpaste as it has toxins and sealants that prevent healing. I brush with washing soda which you can look up online. You can make it from baking soda/sodium bicarbonate by baking it in the heat oven or use the baking soda with salt to brush as this is almost the same. Use very little at a time as it changes the pH in your mouth which should be slightly acid to alkaline and will cause a burn if overused. I wet my brush and just lightly coat the tips of the bristles and shake off the rest. You can almost feel the effect immediately. Don't swallow or it may make you sick to stomach. The TIGER BALM has camphor, clove menthol and other stuff that is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and works like magic. It takes time for that to work, but you will have an effect if you put it on before bed by morning. Keep using after pain subsides to keep killing the infection. Cannot emphasize taking minerals like magnesium, potassium and vitamins to support your immunity since toothaches cause people not to want to eat due to pain. Eat leafy greens like broccoli and especially spinach fresh with tomato, onion, and garlic to get them naturally. Eating nuts like almonds and walnuts help too.
Here in the UK we sell Eugenol oil, usually in one of those dental repair kits. Tesco sold mine, anyway after reading up on what makes clove oil it turns out that it is infact Eugenol mostly and these kits are usually easier to find.
After having fairly bad pain(7/10) because of a cavity I dabbed a cotton bud in the oil, placed it as near to the cavity as possible and voila! 0/10 pain and its now been at least 4hours, hope I can keep it up until I can visit the dentist :)
I have had an infected nerve that had me in desperate pain. I have had it removed at massive expense.
My advice after trying a lot of stuff is that lots of codeine works. If you can get any anti biotics amoxyciline is what i used to help kill the infection. Tooth pain is when there is infection. I guess strong anti bacterial stuff (peroxide, alcohol etc may help kill it if it can get into the infection in your mouth. I read somewhere on here about a guy that got amoxyciline from the pet shop used for fish tanks(same stuff)fish mox. Basically you want to try and nail the infection whilst dose yourself up on whatever you can to stop the agony. Also zapping the infection by applying stuff directly to the hole in the tooth. Good luck it is the worst pain ever...
Thank you for all the tips on here, after suffering with incredible pain i tried the following and it has relieved the pain to a tolerable level!
Clean teeth with a sensitive tootpaste, rinse/gargle with mouthwash and salted water used a combination of nurofen plus and paracetemol, followed by clove oil and a damp peppermint teabag.
I would never in a million years have tried the teabag thing but by god it really worked and got me through the night. I've got an emergency dental appointment so hopefully will get some antibiotics and get the damn thing pulled out next week.
I know i'm lucky in the UK, i really feel for you guys in the states.
I'm in the army as a medic and being deployed is harsh when it comes to dental care. But I use baking soda and brush with that in the morning. If I decide to use it at night I normally do baking soda mixed with Luke warm water and swish that around then brush as normal. I do not recommend doing both everyday I normally switch off and it works for me. Please remember this does not work for everyone.
I have tried almost all of these. They do NOT work. Go to the E.R. and tell them what is wrong. They will give you amoxocillin and a pain pill. DO it fast because it is only going to hurt more.
I've had this really painful infection in my mouth from my horse smacking me by accident when he got a bit giddy, it cracked a filling in half & started off an abcess (think that's how its spelt) anyway here in England the NHS dentist costs a minimum £45 just for a first visit with general work, so to kill the pain after reading the posts here, I made up a paste of garlic powder/baking soda/salt & oregano. I rubbed it on the infected gum then held some of the paste in my moth with head on one side & had it go around the tooth. Done that twice today & the whole area feels better. If you can't afford the dental work then try brushing your teeth gently then swill with mouth wash then try my paste because its working for me but remember the minty gum if you need to speak to anybody cos you're gonna stink of garlic!!
This REALLY works. Take a wet paper towel and a q-tip and dampen the end of a q-tip on the paper towel DO NOT soak the q-tip in water. Merely dampen it then put the q-tip in cayenne pepper until the tip is covered and then apply to your tooth. Apply it all over the tooth and the gum line above or below which ever the case may be. I thought my mouth would be on fire the first time I went to do it. Oddly enough it does not. Just takes the pain away. I had to completely cover my tooth with it, however it worked! This is the best thing better than getting loopy on the pain killers.
Well, this may sound gross and/or kinda wierd, but it's legal and it worked for me! I have abscessed cavity with nerve exposed, and dentist has me on antibiotics and pain meds until tomorrow when he will pull it. Meanwhile, sometimes the pain meds just don't work. Here's what I ended up doing: chew on pieces of fresh, raw onion (any color), then when the pain subsides, eat peanut butter right out of the jar. I think there's a substance in the onion that temporarily relieves the pain, and then the peanut butter fills the hole for a while so you can get some temporary relief. God bless all of you. This pain is far worse than natural childbirth.
I have an exposed nerve and the tooth pain was so bad that it caused my temple and my ear to throb unbearably. I went to the hospital and the doctor gave me a shot of demerol...I thought to myself...this should work and I'll get some relief. No such luck. Even after feeling loopy the tooth pain was still so severe that I couldn't sleep so I got on here and read something about children's tylenol. I immediately put three in my mouth and I recieved INSTANT relief. I can't believe I wasted a trip to the hospital.