Pain relief for toothache please
October 2, 2013 8:50 PM Subscribe
Help me manage this toothache pain while I scout about for a dentist I can afford.
posted by joyeuxamelie to health & fitness (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My tooth suddenly started hurting a few days ago. Its a dull ache and is causing additional pain in my jaw and neck and temple--I'm guessing it's because I'm tensing up all day due to the pain. It's a left molar tooth and as far as I can see, there's no swelling, redness and no visible cavity (although I am aware that a lot of times, these things aren't easy to spot).
I've been taking ibuprofen since last night. I took 6 200mg tablets spread across most of today. It's now 11.50 pm and the last dose of ibuprofen I took was 2 x 200mg at around 4.00pm. To be honest, the ibuprofen has helped very minimally--it was just enough to get my mind off the pain so I could work at my job.
I was wondering what I can do in terms of more effective pain relief. I have some Alleve. Should I take that? Is it ok to mix or is that not really a worry because all the ibuprofen would be out of my system by now? I tried a bit of Anbesol gel, but it seems to wear off pretty quickly, after just about 15-20 min. Perhaps I didn't use enough? Even when I applied it, it didn't do much to relieve the pain.
I know I need to get to a dentist soon, but I have to find one first and figure out how to pay for it (No insurance for the past 3 years...). In the meantime, I just want to be able to do something about this pain. It's making the side of my face hurt, giving me a pretty bad headache and is distracting me from my work.
Thank you for your time and help and have a great day.