Toothache. Is there a pain like it? If you have ever suffered from the severe pain brought on by a toothache, then you know how unpleasant it can be. If you are experiencing a toothache, you might have a tooth abscess, which can occur when there is a buildup of pus inside the tooth due to a bacterial infection. The abscess can form when your tooth enamel is damaged, either through a cavity or a chipped tooth, and bacteria infects the pulp in the center of the tooth. The painful infection can spread from the roots of your tooth to the bones supporting it and even to other parts of the body.
If you are experiencing symptoms like severe throbbing or shooting pain in the affected tooth, or feel the pain spreading to your jaw, neck, or ear, it is recommended you seek medical attention. You can also experience an unpleasant taste or bad breath and even feel sensitivity to cold or hot food. The infection can cause you to feel unwell and even provoke a high temperature, and in severe cases cause trouble swallowing or breathing.
How Do You Treat It?
We all know dentist appointments aren’t much fun, but there’s no avoiding it. If you have a tooth abscess, you must seek treatment as soon as possible. Untreated abscesses can often lead to a blood infection, or spread to the jawbone or other parts of the body and lead to serious complications like inflammation in the heart or a brain abscess. During removal of the abscess, the dentist will make a small cut in the gums to drain the abscess, perform a root canal, or remove the tooth. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, scheduling dentist appointments can be rather difficult. Luckily, there are home remedies you can try to help you manage until your appointment.
10. Clove Oil
Eugenol, a compound found in clove oil, has a numbing effect that can help with your toothache. It also has a great antibacterial action. To use the clove oil, add a drop to a cotton swab and place it on your tooth cavity for relief. Be sure not to leave it on for too long, as it can irritate your gums and can even cause chemical burns. Hold the swab to your tooth for a few minutes, and you’ll feel relief in no time.