What Kills a Toothache Instantly?

Reviewed on 12/14/2021

There are many toothache remedies to instantly relieve pain, which include cold compresses, hot packs, over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), pain-relieving oral gel, salt water rinse, garlic, peppermint tea bags, clove oil, homemade thyme mouthwash, and acupuncture.
There are many toothache remedies to instantly relieve pain, which include cold compresses, hot packs, over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), pain-relieving oral gel, salt water rinse, garlic, peppermint tea bags, clove oil, homemade thyme mouthwash, and acupuncture.

You may be able to kill a toothache instantly, but the only way to get rid of a toothache completely is for a dentist to diagnose the cause and to prescribe the proper treatment. See a dentist as soon as possible if you have a toothache. 

Toothache Home Remedies

Home remedies can help kill the pain of a toothache quickly while waiting for a dentist appointment, such as:

  • Apply cold compresses or ice packs/cold gel packs wrapped in a towel
  • Apply a hot pack applied to the cheek over the painful area 
  • Take over-the-counter (OTC) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for pain and inflammation
  • Try pain-relieving oral gel
  • Rinse with salt water
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rinse with homemade thyme mouthwash
    • Add a few drops of thyme essential oil to water to make a mouthwash
  • Research acupressure points
    • Several reported acupressure points may be used to help relieve toothache

What Is the Treatment for a Toothache?

Dental 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)

Other Options

  • Toothaches caused by braces or dentures may require the appliances to be adjusted. 
  • Impacted wisdom teeth may need to be removed. 

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Reviewed on 12/14/2021
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/