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Not able to sleep at night?Quick Relief from Unbearable Toothache, Choose between Tooth Extraction and Root Canal

Updated on February 20, 2014
Horrible Toothache
Horrible Toothache

Toothache is a unbearable pain that causes agony in many people. You come home after a tiered day at work and try to sleep but the horrible tooth ache catches you and doesn't want to leave you for even a moment. Uhh it feels so terrible and you can't even go to the dentist at the middle of the night. Your toothache can be caused due to cavity, pulp infection or a cracked or broken tooth, so use the below remedies for temporary relief and go and consult the Dentist as soon as possible.

Here below are few listed common remedies that one can make use of while suffering from tooth ache. I recommend adding it to your medical box of common medicines.

Ibuprofen - Pain reliver
Ibuprofen - Pain reliver


Available easily over the counter Ibuprofen is a common analgesic or pain reliever that is listed by WHO as one of the essential medicines. It's derived form propanoic acid and is a strict no-no for pregnant womens.

Although it has few side effects (nausea, diarrhea, dizziness etc) which might or might not occur, it serves as a great help when you are suffering from Toothache.

General Dosage should be between 200 mg to 800 mg per day. If your pain is unbearable you can take 400mg morning and 400 mg in the night, but do have a word with your Dentist as soon as possible to make sure that your teeth is treated correctly.

Oragel - Over the counter medicine
Oragel - Over the counter medicine
Anbesol - Over the counter medicine
Anbesol - Over the counter medicine

Oragel/Anbesol- benzocaine topical gel

You should not be using oragel or benzocaine if you are allergic to 'caine' family of medicines. Benzocaine is a local Anesthetic which is used as a topical (applied over the skin) pain reliever.

It is highly effective for toothaches as it numbs out the area in which it is applied and provides you with temporary relief. It gets you the sleep which you might be craving for in the night but not able to sleep due to the unbearable tooth ache.

It is available over the counter as oragel or anbesol and can be applied 3-4 times a day depending upon your pain scale.

Please don't overdo it and go and consult a Dentist as soon as possible.

Normal Tooth
Normal Tooth
Tooth Implant after extraction
Tooth Implant after extraction
Root Canal Procedure
Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal Vs Tooth Extraction/Implant

When you visit the dentist and he see's that the pulp is infected, he will give you two choices: Do a Root canal and save the tooth or Do a cheaper tooth extraction and bridge the gap.

So now you have the dilemma to either choose the cheap tooth extraction or a bit costly Root canal treatment.

Let me tell you the pros and cons of both and you decide whichever you think is suitable for you.

Tooth Extraction:

Pros: A tooth extraction is quick and cheap procedure, just costs you about $125. It is the best treatment when comes to wisdom tooth infection.

Cons: If it's not your wisdom tooth, It leaves a gap between your teeth's which can cause infection or cavity in adjacent teeth's. Also causes issues with your food chewing regime. So you need to go for tooth implant which causes double the cost of Root canal and requires more than two sittings with the dentist.

Root Canal:

Pros: Saves your original tooth so the adjacent teeth's are happier and you can chew your food as usual. You are endodontically treated, and research has shown that it is medically proven for long time relief as compared to tooth extraction and implant. Can be completed is just one visit and is almost painless.

Cons: The treatment is costly upfront and it takes some time to complete the procedure. I really don't think it shows a big concern.

So did you now decide what you exactly want ? I hope root canal is your answer, as my personal opinion highly recomends Root canal over Tooth Extraction/Implant.

Which one do you prefer in case of a tooth pulp infection ?

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    • mr-veg profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Colorado United States

      @ yw, Good Luck Nick !!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks. I'm definitely going to look into that. I appreciate you getting back to me so quickly.

    • mr-veg profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Colorado United States

      @Nick That sounds real bad ! Sorry to hear that... i know the amount of pain you need to go through... Dentists are really costly but try and check out for cheaper options with your dentist, check for veneers if that's an option and see if pulpectomy can help. If all these are still costly measures for you and you just want to do extraction and are OK with not replacing it with a false tooth then go for extraction, at least your won't have to bear the pain and shell out money in excess.

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      6 years ago

      im seriously considering extraction, as my tooth is broken in half with an exposed nerve. Very prone to infections, and there's a nerve right under it that makes that dangerous. I just can't really afford a dentist.. Any tips?

    • mr-veg profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Colorado United States

      @ED yeah hopefully you needn't get into this, toothaches are really worst ! Thanks for stopping by

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      good article. hopefully i won't need to use this advice.

    • mr-veg profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Colorado United States

      @Rose, I hope his pain reduces with the medications described. Toothache is really Unbearable..

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Just had to read this as my brother is in absolute agony with toothache today! lol! great help, thanks! I will show this to him, maybe it will help, fingers crossed!


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