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Old 08.02.2015, 01:07
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Re: OK-I will finally ask for toothache remedy

Sorry I'm so darn late. It's our anniversary; 16 years ago my now OH and I began chatting about vintage sailboats across the Atlantic.

Pain after placing new fillings can have several causes, and even the best dentist cannot entirely aprevent them (although it's easy to raise the probability by sloppy work). The problem mentioned by Mélusine is an extremely rare thing, by the way. I haven't seen a single case in more than 40 years.

Clove oil (eugenol) works if it can reach the irritated nerve; that's why it's most effective when applied inside an unfilled cavity, where the dentinal tubules are exposed. Those microscopic channels guide the oil to the nerve.

Dentinal tubules are also accessible from the gum line. The older you are the more tubules are exposed there. Yes, they also cause cercival hypersensitivity in those areas. Anyway, since your cavities got filled, the gum line is the point of attack.

Clove oil does have a fairly strong soothing effect on an irritated dental nerve provided it can reach it. It is used in many dental products. And yes NAT, you're right, it can irritate the gums, but when it comes in the form of a crushed clove, that's a minor problem. And chewing on aspirin can have a similar effect indeed, both soothing the nerve and irritating the gums.

Actually, clove oil is very concentrated stuff. You can also use it as a substitute for cloves in the kitchen, but it's so strong that you can replace five cloves by dunking the tip of a wooden toothpick into it by no more than 2 mm and then throw in the sauce or whatever (to be removed before serving! Kids, please do not try this at home!). The crushed cloves with a little bit of oil should be sufficient; if not, you may be a case for the regional dental emergency service.

Apart from topical application of clove oil and aspirin (or most other ordinary pain killers), Single Malt Scotch may help too, preferably when used not only topically but also systemically. I'm fairly sure some other, more profane booze will do the job too, I just never tried, but my baby brother says that my own moonshine plonk, which is extremely strong, works too. However, don't let yourself get caught by the breathalizer brigade after a systemic dosis.
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Old 08.02.2015, 19:55
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Re: OK-I will finally ask for toothache remedy

An update: turns out it's a cracked tooth!

The left side of my face is like a balloon and I am on antibiotics but it won't do anything for 24 hours. He cleared out all the puss today (unbelievable how much it was) but there's definitely more.

I feel exactly like this

At least the pain is better now and will wait to see how it goes tomorrow when the antibiotics kick in.
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Old 08.02.2015, 20:36
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Re: OK-I will finally ask for toothache remedy

Yeah, cracked teeth can be absolutely annoying, to say the least. The main problem is, a crack can be totally invisible for many years and begin to fester briefly after a new filling has been laid. That's because the crack usually contains anaerobic bacteria, which just wait for someone to apply a nice airtight seal for them to begin to proliferate like mad.

The risk is relatively low, but there's no way to reliably prevent it. Sorry you have to go through this. At least there's a usable diagnosis now, which often isn't the case with other kinds of pain after placing a new filling.
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