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You can't just ignore it. It keeps bothering you at the office, at school, and most especially at bedtime. You feel your whole body aches when you have toothache. A toothache happens if tooth decay penetrated the pulp chamber or is very close to it, which contains the nerves and tiny blood vessels.
Ideally for a toothache is to undergo a dental treatment at once. The treatment of choice is Root Canal Treatment (see p. on Oral Anatomy) dpending on the remaining structure of the tooth. RCT is a more conservative way of treatment comapred to tooth extraction.
But while you haven't set an appointment with your dentist yet, you can manage to ease the pain through the following remedies:
There are a lot of over-the-counter pain relievers that you can choose from. Most common are Paracetamol, Aspirin, and Acetaminophen. If you feel that a small swelling has occured, you may take NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) for its inflammatory action, like Ibuprofen and Mefenamic Acid. However, those with a history of of ulcers and those pregnant women needs a doctor's reccomendation when taking NSAID and Aspirin.
Ice is excellent in numbing nerve endings. Try to compress the affected area with ice. But if it aggravates the pain, discontinue it.
You may wonder why toothaches usually strikes at night when you lie down to go to sleep. The cause is the increased pressure towards your head. Keep your head elevated to decrease the pressure in the area.
Most people suffering from toothache do poke the affected tooth with toothpicks You are aggravating the condition of your tooth. Discontinue it!
toothache needs an emergency treatment. A sharp, throbbing pain is usually irreversible, and the above remedies only releives the pain, not cure it.