How Do You Get Rid of a Toothache Overnight?

Reviewed on 11/24/2021

The only way to get rid of a toothache completely is to visit the dentist and get the proper dental treatment. Home remedies can help ease the pain of a toothache overnight, including keeping your head upright, avoiding certain foods, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines, cold compresses, heating pads, saltwater rinses, and others.
The only way to get rid of a toothache completely is to visit the dentist and get the proper dental treatment. Home remedies can help ease the pain of a toothache overnight, including keeping your head upright, avoiding certain foods, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines, cold compresses, heating pads, saltwater rinses, and others.

If you have a toothache, see your dentist as soon as possible. There are many causes of toothaches so it is important to have a proper diagnosis because treatment for a toothache depends on the reason for the pain. 

You may be able to relieve the pain of a toothache overnight, but the only way to get rid of a toothache completely is to have the cause diagnosed and to receive the proper treatment. 

Home remedies can help ease the pain of a toothache overnight while you wait for your scheduled dentist appointment, such as:

  • Keep your head in an upright position
  • Avoid eating cold, hard, or acidic food right before going to bed
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines 
  • Cold compresses or ice packs/cold gel packs wrapped in a towel
    • Apply for 20 minutes at a time
  • A hot pack applied to the cheek over the painful area 
  • Pain-relieving oral gel
  • Rinse with saltwater
  • Rinse with a guava mouthwash
    • Boil crushed guava leaves in water to make a mouthwash or chew on fresh guava leaves to help clean the mouth if an infection is present and help heal oral wounds
  • Clove oil
    • Can reduce inflammation and has numbing properties 
    • Apply a small amount of the oil to a clean cotton ball and dab it on the affected area
  • Garlic
    • Crush a garlic clove into a sticky paste and apply it to the affected area for pain relief, or chew a clove of fresh garlic and spit it out
  • Peppermint tea bags
    • These have mild numbing properties and may be applied while warm or cold
  • Rinse with homemade thyme mouthwash
    • Add a few drops of thyme essential oil to water to make a mouthwash
  • Research acupressure points
    • There are several reported to help relieve toothache

At the dentist, treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. 

Treatment for enamel damage caused by cavities, chips, or cracks may include: 

  • Dental fillings 
  • Crowns
  • Topical varnish, applied as a liquid that hardens to protect the exposed tooth roots

Treatment for an infection may include: 

  • Antibiotics
  • Removing the infected tissue (for example, with a root canal)

Toothaches caused by braces or dentures may require the appliances to be adjusted. 

Impacted wisdom teeth may need to be removed. 

What Are Symptoms of a Toothache?

Symptoms of a toothache may include: 

  • Sharp pain
    • Shooting pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold or sweet or sour
    • May also occur due to pressure, such as from toothbrushing or biting
  • Dull, throbbing pain
    • Pain may involve an area in or around the mouth and jaw 
    • May be a steady ache that continues for days
  • Bad breath, if the toothache is caused by infection or decay

What Causes a Toothache?

Causes of toothaches include:

  • Cavities
  • Cracked teeth
  • Exposed tooth root
  • Infection
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Braces
  • Dentures

How Is a Toothache Diagnosed?

  • The cause of a toothache is diagnosed with a patient history and a dental examination.  
  • Dental X-rays may be taken to help determine the area or extent of the problem. 

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Reviewed on 11/24/2021
References
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https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(19)30489-1/fulltext

https://www.mgadental.com.au/how-to-get-rid-of-a-toothache-at-night/