Tooth pain is one of the most excruciating and unbearable types of pain out there, and it can be difficult to live with, even for a short period of time. Many people have constant tooth pain, from the minor annoying ache to the intense, unbearable pain that requires immediate attention, and those that suffer from chronic tooth pain without any underlying dental problem sometimes think that there is no relief available. However, the truth is, toothache remedies do exist that not only treat the pain but can treat the cause of the toothache in the first place and allow the sufferer to live a normal and pain-free life.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
In order to make the most of the toothache remedies out there, you first should understand where tooth pain comes from. Some tooth pain is caused by a dental problem and can be felt in the tooth, or sometimes in the jaws and surrounding area. This is generally caused by a decaying, cracked or fractured tooth, a cavity, an exposed root or possibly gum disease. Sometimes this pain is aggravated by very hot or very cold substances and it can usually be solved by visiting the dentist and having the appropriate treatment administered, such as an extraction or filling.
However, tooth pain may not be caused by a dental problem at all, and in fact may be a product of something completely unrelated. Pain in the teeth or surrounding area may be caused by certain heart diseases or conditions, like angina or cardiac arrest. Problems with the ears can cause pain in the tooth area as well as sinus problems. There are also some toothaches caused by nerve problems like neuralgia. However, if you are having chronic tooth pain, and you know that it is not a symptom of a more serious problem, then there are some products out there that work well and are toothache remedies that actually work.
Over-The-Counter Pain Medication & Topical Treatments
While deep-rooted tooth pain from decay, a broken or fragmented tooth or an infection within the teeth may cause serious unbearable pain that is can only be dealt with by narcotic pain medication, the less severe toothaches can often be resolved with over the counter pain medication like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen has the added benefit of reducing swelling so it can help with some types of tooth pain and infection. Also, there are topical treatments like Oralgel which are applied directly to the tooth or gum and act as a numbing agent so that the pain isn’t present. However, all of these toothache remedies are only temporary and treat the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem.
Why Conventional Toothache Remedies Don’t Always Work?
Temporary pain relief measures like over the counter pain medications are just a temporary fix to a permanent problem, and this is the same with the topical treatments. These toothache remedies do not treat the underlying problem – the cause of the toothache, they just provide temporary relief from the symptoms of the toothache. So the sufferer must have the underlying problem treated. If it is a serious dental problem, then they may need to have the tooth taken out, commonly called an extraction, or other work such as fillings, crowns or other dental surgery. For those that have a toothache that isn’t caused by a dental problem, or that reoccurs regularly, or those that simply can’t afford to have dental work done, may need to look into other options such as natural toothache remedies.
Natural Toothache Remedies
While most doctors will not prescribe a natural toothache remedy as a treatment, or necessarily recommend them, many doctors have seen the result of natural toothache remedies on chronic conditions like toothaches and cannot deny that some of them work – even against the logic of medicine. Natural treatments for toothaches are not widely available, but there is a great one Stop Your Toothache Now that was created by a man who suffered for a long time with severe toothache pain and had no relief on the horizon until he began researching it himself and discovered a secret that actually cured him of the toothache pain that he previously had been unable to find relief for. Read the rest of this entry »
As we said earlier toothache causes can be various, depending on tooth’s disease, so it’s obvious that toothache remedies differ in different situations. For your misfortune sometimes the toothache happens in the middle of the night or when is difficult to find a doctor to help you. We are giving some advice that can help you get some relief on the most common occasions. Don’t forget that even after you have some temporary relief you have to visit you doctor to get a proper treatment and stop the toothache permanently.
A. If you have a cavity formed by tooth decay or because a big filling fell out – In this case what is causing you the pain is the exposure of dental pulp or so called dental nerve. And the remedy to that is to temporary cover it so bacteria and fluids from your mouth don’t solicit it. This will help you for a little time until you get to see a dentist. Read the rest of this entry »
Piercing and tattoos the recent years have became a form of self-expression. Especially piercings in the oral cavity are becoming very popular. Tongue piercing is the fifth most popular piercing in the western world. Other sites for oral piercing can be lips, cheeks or a combination of the sites.
In this article you are going to read about the complication of your mouth health with oral piercing.
Tongue piercing – As we said earlier it is the most famous among oral piercings. Usually it is done in the center of the tongue by placing transversally a barbell-shaped jewelry. Immediately after piercing the tongue a temporary jewelry is placed, it has to be longer because of the swelling that happens. After the swelling has gone away, a period of irritation might follow. It is very important in this period of time to take good care of your oral hygiene. When it is fully healed the initial barbell is replaced with a shorter one.
Tongue piercing can be placed also laterally non in the center of the tongue, usually two barbell shaped piercings placed horizontally but it can also be a curved bar going horizontally
Another type of piercing is the tongue frenulum piercing, placed underneath the tongue through the frenulum. Read the rest of this entry »
Periodontal disease is called a group of inflammatory diseases that affect the support tissue of the tooth. It might affect the gingival tissues and is called gingivitis or might affect deeper periodontal tissue and is called periodontitis.
Periodontal pockets are created by the increase of the gingival sulcus. The gingival sulcus is the space between the tooth and epithelial tissue of the gengiva. Normally the sulcus is 2-3 mm. In case of periodontal disease it deepens for more than 4 mm, and in severe cases it deepens up to the root apex and the tooth begins to move until it falls. When the sulcus deepens it creates pocket called periodontal pockets. The cause of this phenomenon is principally plaque deposits on the tooth surface, which if not removed causes damages on the gum epithelium. The epithelium migrates away from plaque rich in bacteria to defend itself.
Bacterial toxins cause gingivitis. The most common symptom of gingivitis is gum bleeding with or without external trauma. The damaged gum tissue retires getting away from his original place leaving antiesthetic and sensible root exposure. After this the bone that supports the gingival tissue retires also creating these spaces called periodontal pockets. These pockets get infiltrated with dental plaque and tartar. Read the rest of this entry »
Clove or clove oil are very well known in herbal medicine. Cloves are also used as spices for different cooking. Here we are going to talk about their properties in relieving toothache.
Before starting to talk about the beneficial of cloves and clove oil is important to understand that clove isn’t a cure for toothache it is just a tooth pain reliever and that you should see your dentist as soon as possible to treat the source of your pain.
What is it and what is it used for?
Clove is an herb that has been used in herbal medicine for years because it has different properties. It can be used as oil, dried fruit bud or leaves depending on the use.
Cloves are used as carmative to increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis for upset stomach. Read the rest of this entry »
Dental Implants are a screw- like posts made of titanium and are used to replace missing teeth. It’s always better to have your own teeth, but sometimes due to profound caries, apical lesions, fractures or other problems, saving your own teeth becomes difficult. So in order to guarantee you a right occlusion, a right function and esthetics your dentist might recommend you dental implants. Before you accept it or not we are explaining on what consists a dental implant procedure.
An implanted tooth is made of these parts:
-The titanium screw- like device (implant)- that is placed inside your jaw bone
-Abutment– is the part of the implant outside of the bone that will carry the crown, usually made of titanium
-Crown- the same restoration that is used on natural teeth.
There are two main types of implant procedure
• Single phase implant procedure – Sometimes for different reasons the replacement of a tooth needs to be done in the same appointment of the surgery. For example when an anterior tooth is involved. I don’t think anybody likes to go out without an anterior tooth and have the courage to smile in front of people. In these cases the surgeon makes the incision of the gingival tissue, places the titanium implant than he takes immediately an impression of the implant or maximum after 24 hours. This way the dental technician can prepare a temporary tooth. Than after 3-4 months, after the osseointegration of the implant is verified the permanent crown is prepared.
• Two phases implant procedure -In this procedure the surgeon makes an incision in your gums and places the titanium implant inside the bone, he uses a screws cap and then covers the implant with gingival tissue. After 3-4 months or even more the surgeon re-exposes the implant removing the cap and placing another component called healing screw, leaving it at least for 3 weeks. After this time the dentist takes an impression of your implant and prepares the permanent abutment and crown. This kind of procedure is used usually in aesthetic zone, and the final result is more predictable.
Preparing for dental implant procedure
Although having a dental implant means having a small surgery, it is always a surgery. Your doctor needs to know if you suffer from any chronic condition that might affect your health or the outcome of the treatment. Dentists don’t recommend implants in people who smoke, in people who have uncontrolled diabetes, people who have received treatment with bisphosphonates etc. Read the rest of this entry »
We all know how important is to take care of our oral hygiene. But also very important is to know the tools to do it properly. The toothbrush is the most important among them.
A good oral hygiene is important not only for your dental health bur for your overall health. In fact different oral diseases that are caused by a bad oral hygiene can be the beginning for more important systemic diseases including heart diseases and diabetes.
Initially toothbrushes were made only from nylon bristles so it wasn’t very difficult to choose one. Nowadays there are so many different shapes, styles, sizes that buying the right one seems very hard work. To make things easier we are going to give you some advices on what are the important characteristics of toothbrushes so you can take care of your oral hygiene the right way.
- Bristle hardness – Always remember the softer the better. Hard bristles are dangerous for your enamel and gums. Hard bristles couse the condition called toothbrush abrasion. Brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush at least twice a day removes the superficial part of the enamel and in severe cases removes all the enamel causing dentin exposure. The tooth becomes sensible to cold and hot foods causing pain. Restoring the missing parts of the tooth is difficult because of the position of the abrasion that usually is near the gums. Hard bristle also cause trauma to the gums causing gum bleeding and gum recession. Also dangerous because after the gum recession part of the tooth’s root is exposed. This part of the root is covered by cement that is less harder than enamel and important abrasion happens in a short period of time.
- Bristle variety – Choose nylon ones. In the supermarket you can find natural bristle toothbrush. It might seem the right way to go, but it’s not. They are not very hygienic, cost more and have a shorter durability.
- Head size – We all understand that a toothbrush with a big head is not comfortable for a child. Read the rest of this entry »
Small children can develop dangerous tooth decay and other important oral diseases early in life if parents aren’t careful enough. Generally parents think that since baby teeth (primary teeth) are going to be replaced there isn’t a good reason to take care of the child oral hygiene. In fact it’s not true because keeping a child’s teeth healthy is important for his overall health. Baby teeth are important not only for chewing and speaking, but they are important for their future craniofacial growth of the child and for his psychological well being.
Yes for a kid is as important as for an adult to have a beautiful smile. Children are very sensitive and its important that they doesn’t feel inferior to their friends. Also keeping deciduous teeth healthy you prevent your child’s need for invasive orthodontic treatment in the future.
The exact time for a parent to start taking care of the child’s teeth is when he is around 6 months old and the first inferior teeth are appearing. Read the rest of this entry »
In the last couple of decades the interest about finding a connection between heart diseases and gum disease has increased.
It was proved long ago that general inflammations (even those from the oral cavity or gums disease) have a important role in the formation of arterial blocks. In the last years there are studies that indicate that is also important how many times a day a person brushes his teeth.
Researchers of London University have analyzed over 11.000 adults and have found out that bad oral hygiene is a risk factor for cardiac disease as important as obesity, smoking, and family predisposition.
The dental plaque that accumulates on teeth surfaces is an important source of bacteria. The longer it stays on the teeth surface s the more aggressive and resistant are the bacteria that grow on it.
Researchers have found out that a person that brushes his teeth less frequently than normal has a 70 % increased risk of getting cardiac diseases compared with those that brush their teeth at least twice a day.
Participants of the study that admit to have a bad oral hygiene also resulted positive for inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and fibrinogen.
The results of this study and others therefore confirm and strengthen the opinion that there is a link between oral hygiene and risks for cardiovascular problems.
Dental crown also known as “tooth cap” is a rigid cap placed on the tooth for various purposes like: restoration, protection, esthetics etc. These tooth caps fully encase the tooth, and depending on the situation there are different types that we are going to mention later in this article.
Why are tooth crown needed for:
- Protection and Support fort the residual tooth – Sometimes teeth are compromised because of big carious processes or cracks or received root canal therapy. Removing all decay means removing all the damaged tissue of the tooth and leaving only the healthy part but this reduces his strength. When teeth receive root canal therapy they also have a large filling. To protect these filling materials and to protect the tooth from going through fractures should be placed a cap.
- Restoration – A broken tooth or a decayed one that lost part of the tooth’s tissue loses its function as well. For teeth to do their proper function, they should have contact with the adjacent teeth (except for the wisdom teeth) and should contact their antagonist. Caps restore teeth’s functions to assure the right mastication or speaking.
- Missing teeth – When you lose one tooth because of decay, periodontal disease, or trauma, you can’t leave an empty space especially if it is a frontal tooth. One way to replace the missing tooth is by placing a bridge. These means placing a crown or two on the adjacent teeth and a fake one to fill the place of the lost tooth. Also the empty space can be filled with a dental implant, this way the dentist doesn’t have to damage the adjacent teeth by preparing them for crowns. Since the implant is made of titanium, to cover all the metallic part is used a crown.
- Aesthetic purposes – Sometimes for problems that might occur during the development of the tooth before we are even born or after, they might be discolored, misshaped, etc. Sometimes they might be discolored because of badly done root canal therapy or badly done restoration. To assure a good looking smile one or several caps might be needed. Read the rest of this entry »
Bringing a new life to the world is the highest achievement in a woman’s life. But it is also a long process and sometimes not very easy. It’s not unusual for a woman to have toothache during pregnancy. So it is better for woman that as soon as they learn about their pregnancy to make an appointment with the dentist for a proper dental care. It’s very important to learn what products are safe to use for you and your baby, how to proceed during the pregnancy months etc.
Remember that any pain felt during pregnancy is stressful for the mother as well for the baby, so the sooner you visit a dentist the better. Many women suffer from toothache during their pregnancy and put up with it, because they fear their baby’s health might be at risk from the dental care. THIS IS SO FALSE. Having dental care when pregnant doesn’t harm your baby, but it prevents any harm from the stress you feel because of the toothache. Some studies show that untreated toothache can result in a low weight birth or even premature baby.
Most common causes of toothache during pregnancy
- Impacted wisdom teeth and Pericoronitis – When a wisdom tooth hasn’t erupted entirely and part of the tooth crown is still covered by gingival tissue. This condition happens when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom tooth to erupt normally. A space forms between the gingiva that covers the tooth and the tooth and there get stuck foods and bacteria causing an infection of the pericoronal sack of the tooth and the gingival tissue surrounding it. The main symptom is the strong pain in all the jaw. The gingival tissue appears red and swollen. A temporary home remedy for pericoronitis is to brush the area carefully at least twice a day to avoid bacterial colonization or use an antibacterial mouthwash, but careful ask the pharmacist what type you can use when pregnant. To get an instant relief you should go to the dentist because he can clean the area better using professional tools and also he can cut the gingival tissue over the tooth making it easier for you to clean. He can do that using a topic anesthetic that doesn’t harm your baby at all. Sometimes the wisdom teeth need to be pulled out to relief from pain and the dentist will choose the proper treatment depending on the mother’s health conditions.
- Pulpitis – When because of an untreated cavity in one of the tooth, the pulp (nerve) of the tooth gets infected by bacteria. The pain is strong and you should never put up with it. Read the rest of this entry »
The teeth that need to be extracted even before their total eruption are the wisdom teeth. They are the last teeth to appear in the oral cavity or not erupt at all. But often even if they don’t erupt they may cause problems, and the only option is their extraction. We talk about what causes eruption problems for wisdom teeth in another other article. Click here to read more about Wisdom Teeth.
The removal of wisdom tooth is not as easy as for any other tooth, so it is mostly done by a surgeon, in his dental office or in the hospital. Wisdom teeth extraction is done when there is not enough room for their eruption, and some doctors recommend their extraction even if there are not causing problems yet, to prevent any future problems as a preventive measure. Now we are going to describe the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. Read the rest of this entry »