questionswhat is the best thing to do for a really bad…

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If it a cavity or chipped tooth by some of that temporary filling stuff. If not, there is also that gel that dumbs your gum.
Also, some hospital ER's do have a dentist, call first though.

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Er and painkillers or an OTC tooth painkiller. I can,t remember the name of the one my wife used, but we got it at CVS.

Sorry to hear. That sucks.

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The name of the gel is Orajel. Drinking a bit of whiskey won't hurt either. ;)

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@woadwarrior: thanks, and seconded on the whiskey. Good excuse to start drinking early. :)

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You can rub the whiskey on the area that hurts. When my wisdom teeth were killing me, I would let an aspirin dissolve right on the spot that hurt. It tasted horrible, but helped. Good luck with this.

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if it is an exposed nerve the whiskey will work, however if you don't wanna drink at 7am sunday before church there is the option of vanilla (pure real vanilla)extract. the alcohol content will kill the nerve ending and you don't smell like whiskey. (to be fair any alcohol will work including mouthwash version-you just need the high alcohol content.)
if it is an infection/swelling you need an ice bag and hot pad rotation and an appointment at 7monday morning for antibiotics.

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If the temporary options listed above don't help, call your local dental society, usually listed as [county or city name] dental society. They often have a recorded message about where to go for emergency after-hours care. You own dentist may well have a similar message on his office phone.

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I have heard Anbesol is good for temporary cavity/gum relief.

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Anbesol is awesome. I have used it before and it can make your whole mouth numb if you swish it around. You won't feel a thing.

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Advil and Tylenol both taken together as directed on the package should help. I once had an impacted wisdom tooth and my pharmacist said I could take the 2 together.

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If the other suggestions don't work, head to your local pharmacy and look for clove oil. It can be found in the toothache section. Here is what the kit looks like

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Clove oil kit always in our medicine cabinet. Just don't get too much on gums--just tooth.

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+1 on the clove oil. your mouth will taste odd for a while (days if you use a clove paste), but it works really well.

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Clove oil if you have it, or break an asprin in two (roughly) & let it dissolve while holding it against the painful area. Rest, rinse, repeat.

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When I've had bad toothaches (worst pain I've ever had), it wasn't due to a cavity, it was an infection in the root. I don't think stuff you rub on the tooth (unless it's a cavity) will help if it's an infection. Besides antibiotics, my dentist gave me a prescription for Motrin for the pain. Prescription strength is 400mg every four to six hours. Try not to take on an empty stomach and drink lots of water with it (it's really hard on the stomach). Don't take with any other NSAIDs.

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Clove oil, ibuprofen and Tylenol, ice, rest.

If you go to get clove oil, make sure you get the teensy little cotton balls that go with it too.

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@wolfek: My mother used OIl of Cloves all the time whenever she had a tooth problem. She swore by it.

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haven't you ever watched the 3 stooges? Tie a string to the tooth, then the other end to a doorknob.

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