Important. Read this first.
If you have toothache see your dentist right away. The advice below is made by a British qualified dentist - but it is no substitute for prompt dental treatment. No liability is accepted for any action taken by the patient on advice from this page which results in a deterioration or otherwise of the patient's condition.
Toothache has to be one of the worst pains imaginable.
Below we list some of the more common types of toothache - with some temporary actions to try to reduce the discomfort. Prompt dental advice is still going to be necessary (!), but this page could help you if you cannot access emergency dental treatment right away.
It is important to note that anyone taking painkillers for toothache MUST not exceed the maximum dose stated on the packet. It is also important to check that the painkillers are suitable for you and will not interact with any other medication you are on. Please check with your pharmacist. In cases of severe toothache, paracetomol and ibuprofen can be combined, BUT ENSURE THAT THE MAXIMUM DOSE OF EITHER IS NOT EXCEEDED.
Please do not use clove oil or aspirin directly on the tooth, a nasty burn to the gum can result.