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We understand how painful toothache can be – there’s nothing worse than being woken in the middle of the night in need of emergency toothache relief. Most people need a toothache remedy they can take at home until they can get themselves to the dentist. Let’s take a look at what your options are.


What Causes Severe Toothache?

The pulp of your teeth contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, which, if diseased or damaged, can cause severe pain. Sometimes the toothache is due to deep decay that exposes the inner pulp of the tooth, or because of a trauma or crack in the tooth. Some patients can develop an abscess, which can become very painful, and which may not respond to any toothache remedy at home.


How To Get Emergency Toothache Relief


Make sure the area is clean

Brush your teeth gently and floss between the teeth that are cracked. Rinse your mouth gently with a saline solution. 

Numb the area

Over the counter pain medications may buy you a few hours as a temporary toothache remedy until you can reach your emergency dentist or local clinic. 

Read the package insert and make sure you don’t overdose on the recommended amount.

If your toothache is accompanied by swelling, you might want to apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek, as this can sometimes also provide temporary emergency toothache relief.


Raise your head

If toothache is keeping you up at night, try adding a second or third pillow so that your head is higher. This may prevent the blood from pooling in your head and compounding inflammation.


Remember: toothache is a symptom of an underlying dental problem. Any toothache remedy you try at home should only be a temporary resort, and you must be examined by your dentist as soon as possible.

Need assistance with emergency toothache relief? Please contact us immediately: (02) 8776 3232.