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How to get rid of toothache pain underneath my filling

Updated February 21, 2017

Dental procedures such as fillings are designed to remove tooth decay and stop any pain associated with a cavity. But occasionally, toothache pain can return after a filling. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to ease sensitivity and remedy a toothache under a filling. Pain often subsides on its own without treatment. But if not, consider effective methods to stop discomfort.

Dull ache with medication. Take an anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen to stop inflammation and calm tooth pain. Use as directed.

Rinse your mouth. Add a teaspoon of salt to an eight-ounce glass of water and rinse your mouth after eating to help remedy toothache pain after a filling. This method also applies to toothaches before a filling.

Recognise triggers. Identify factors that worsen sensitivity such as chewing, biting down, hot liquids or cold liquids. Avoid these triggers until the pain completely subsides.

Experiment with ice. Rest an ice pack against your cheek or suck on an ice cube to soothe the nerves in your mouth and stop toothache pain. Remove the ice pack after 10 to 20 minutes.

Try oil of clove. Visit your grocery store or a vitamin store and purchase a bottle of oil of clove. Use a medicine dropper to drop a dab of oil onto the sore tooth to remedy inflammation, or dab the oil on a cotton swab and apply the swab to the tooth.

Give yourself a massage. Gently massage your face with an ice cube to slow the nerve impulses in the mouth and get rid of a toothache.

See a dentist. If pain doesn't subside within a week, make a dentist appointment.

Things You'll Need

  • Pain medication
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Oil of clove
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Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.