5 Tips to Get Emergency Toothache Relief in a Hurry

We understand that tooth pain can strike at inconvenient times – like in the middle of the night. And, while it is important that you seek immediate help for any dental emergency, you may not be able to get an appointment until the morning hours. We’ve put some dental tips together to bring you some temporary emergency toothache relief until you can get to your dentist.


Remember that toothache is a symptom of an underlying dental problem that needs professional help as soon as possible. The tips below are intended to bring you temporary toothache relief when it isn’t practically possible to get to your dentist.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency such as:

  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Excruciating tooth pain or pain that is getting worse
  • A broken tooth

You should visit the emergency room at your closest clinic or hospital as soon as possible.

Emergency Toothache Relief Tips When You Can’t Get To The Dentist


Over The Counter Pain Medications

If your first aid kit is well stocked you can try aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve dental pain and swelling. Don’t apply the powder directly to your gum, rather ingest it even if you have to wait a while for it to take effect. Don’t  overdose either – stick to the recommended maximum and if you can’t get any toothache relief, try some of the remedies we’ve recommended below. 

Try A Saline Solution

Sometimes dental pain is caused by food or other debris getting trapped in a cavity or under the gum. You can make a saline solution using warm water and salt. A saline solution is known to bring relief from inflammation and salt kills bacteria. Swish the water around gently in your mouth a few times before spitting it out.

Elevate Yourself

If tooth pain has woken you in the middle of the night with a throbbing mouth, prop yourself up on some extra pillows so that the blood doesn’t pool in your head.

Try Clove Oil

A remarkable remedy for unwanted toothache is clove oil, which can be applied directly to the painful or inflamed area. Clove oil helps with swelling and also has anti bacterial properties. If you don’t have the oil in your house you can grind up a whole clove and mix it with water or a little oil to make a paste.

Use A Cold Compress

If the pain is accompanied by inflammation, you can use a cold compress for toothache relief. Ice can bring swelling down to a comfortable enough level that you may be able to get some sleep. Wrap blocks of ice or a packet of frozen peas in a kitchen towel and apply it gently to the outside of your face. Just don’t put ice directly onto your tooth or gum area.

You can’t always avoid a dental emergency but you can be prepared. Make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with items that can assist you with tooth pain relief. 

Make an appointment for emergency toothache relief by calling: (02) 9181 3668.

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