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How To Handle Toothache After Filling


It is not unusual for dental patients to feel moderate to extreme toothache after filling. Your dentist may have given you filling to fix a carious lesion—holes inside teeth—caused by decay. This filling helps strengthen the teeth by being the ‘cement’ inside these holes. Your dentist usually lets you know how long there would be toothache after filling, from one week to a couple, or more—after which the pain gradually disappears. If not, get in touch with your dentist at once. Factors which trigger toothache after filling include temperature, foods with high sugar content, hard foods, hot and cold food and drinks, pressure, and air.

It is vital to fully and carefully follow the dentist’s instructions to prevent future problems with your oral health. If your dentist tells you to avoid consumption of certain foods which do not contribute to your tooth’s speedy recovery, then adhere to that. Do not partially obey your dentist’s instructions; for example, eating hard candies which your dentist clearly forbade you against and then telling yourself: ‘Just this once.’ Do not find a way around your dentist’s restrictions.

There are plenty of both natural remedies and over-the-counter medications for soothing toothache after filling. Natural remedies for toothaches are from those herbs we can grow in our very own gardens, backyards and farms; such as onions, crushed garlic, limes, and lemons. Chewing these plant products can help soothe toothache after filling, and they also subdue the bacteria inside the mouth. The ascorbate (L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C) found in lemons and limes fights the tooth pain and provides nutrients for the teeth.

Chewing leaves such as spinach, wheatgrass and guava is also a great alternative for relieving toothache after filling. Wheatgrass may also be blended into a smoothie. Other dental herbal remedies such as extracts of Calendula Officinalis flowers are excellent ingredients in ointments and toothpaste products, and myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha) is used as an antiseptic for gum diseases. Myrrh is perfect for lessening inflammation, and for astringent purposes. It is also antibacterial.

Herbal paste made of cayenne pepper, ginger root and a teaspoon of water may be rubbed on the affected area to soothe the toothache. Use a clean cotton swab to apply the mixture only on the tooth area, and not on the gums. It might cause irritation if some of this mixture finds its way toward the gums. Damp tea bags can also aid in reducing the toothache. Peppermint tea gives off a cool soothing sensation on the affected area, and black tea contains tannins which prevent bleeding and swelling. Gently place the teabag on the aching tooth and hold it there until the ache subsides.

Salt and black pepper crushed into fine powder, together with clove oil, also soothes toothache after filling. Rub this mixture on the affected area. Even clove oil by itself is effective. Just apply a moderate amount of this oil using a clean cotton ball or a cotton swab or a dropper on the pained tooth. Clove oil is one of the substances present in most toothpaste products and is known for reducing pain. It can be found and bought at your local pharmacy and/or convenience store. This oil is one of the most common natural remedies for tooth pain.

Avoid vices, or better yet, quit them altogether. It is an understatement to say that smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products speed up the deterioration of our teeth. Smoking leads to oral cancer, tooth decay and discoloration, and gum diseases. Alcoholic drinks and addictive drugs are also factors which contribute to dilapidated teeth conditions. Most alcoholic drinks have high acidity and cause damage to the tooth’s enamel. Regular consumption of stimulant drugs like methamphetamine can cause teeth to fall out.

An ice pack also helps soothe toothache after filling. Sucking on a smooth ice cube near the aching tooth will also do. Rest the ice pack against the cheek where the affected area is. The ice aids in desensitizing yourself from tooth pain. It also reduces swelling which is a possible side effect of the dental filling placement. Using water-diluted vinegar, salt water, and Hexetidine BACTIDOL® as mouthwash solutions are known to be effective in dealing with tooth pain. Mix a glass of moderately hot water with a couple of tablespoons of salt to produce a salt water mouthwash. Gently gargle the solution inside your mouth, washing all over its areas. Do this routinely to help decontaminate your teeth and gums.

Numbing creams or gels (such as Oraqix® and Benzocaine®), isobutylphenylpropanoic acid (ibuprofen), acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and other analgesic drugs are counted among the usual over-the-counter medications for dental problems. Your dentist may require you to take antibiotics, and other prescribed drugs and medicines depending on the gravity of the dental filling placement especially if the toothache is expected to be extreme. These analgesic agents are potent and not normally needed unless in cases of heavy dental surgeries.

Before administering these painkillers on yourself, get in touch first with your dentist in an event of severe toothache. The root of the tooth pain could turn out to be a deeper problem such as a filling which was wrongly placed inside the cavity. If you keep on taking these analgesics without contacting your dentist first, you will be unaware of the real reasons behind the toothache and it could result into more serious consequences. The more powerful the medication is, the more it needs to be prescribed before the dental patient may take it.

Avoid hot and cold food and drinks. The extreme temperature level of these foodstuffs will trigger the ache and/or discomfort in your affected tooth. Furthermore, stay away from eating sticky, hard, and sweet foods like candies and bubble gums after a dental filling placement. It may ruin the newly placed filling and might induce more aching in your tooth. It is advisable to consume soup meals and soft foods with moderate temperature levels for a week or two, depending on what your dentist told you.

Adhere to the basic rules of oral health. Make extra effort and time to ensure that you always brush your teeth every time after you eat. It is also crucial to clean in between your teeth with a dental floss. There are in-betweens and corners among our teeth which a regular toothbrush cannot reach, so the usage of a dental floss is a necessity. If busy and in a hurry, do not neglect to cleanse your mouth with an antibacterial solution such as water-diluted vinegar, salt water or Hexetidine BACTIDOL®.

Do not use just about any dental product such as toothpastes, toothbrushes, dental flosses, mouthwash solutions, etc. Ask for the opinion of your dentist about which product and/or brand is the best for your tooth structure, and which one is doubly effective in caring for your dental health. Dentists know which of these are truly efficient, and which ones are merely commercialized and/or overrated. Sensodyne® toothpaste is highly recommended by most dentists. You may rub Sensodyne® toothpaste on the tooth’s surface and leave it there for a few minutes. Do this at least thrice a day.

As much as possible, do not use the newly treated tooth/teeth for biting and chewing food, to minimize the chances of the filling being damaged and/or getting displaced. Moreover, this ensures that you would not experience pain in partaking of foods and drinks. If your dentist advises you not to be anxious about the resulting toothache but you still want immediate relief, aromatherapy and acupuncture are ideal treatments, too.

How To Handle Toothache After Filling
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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