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I don’t think we’ve met anyone who can ignore a throbbing toothache for a long time. There comes a point where painkillers stop working and the pain is continuous, incessant and debilitating. We often hear female patients say that child birth was less painful.
There are very few things that you can try, and if over the counter painkillers have stopped helping, it is time to see a 24 hour dentist. You could try the internet suggestions including use black tea, garlic, coconut oil, but in our experience if there is any relief it is very short lived and is not a substitute for ignoring the underlying cause. It’s throbbing for a reason!
Treatment will really be dependent upon the cause.
This can occur due to a variety of reasons, but primarily it is due to exposed dentine. Let’s have a quick look at the anatomy of a tooth.
The tooth comprises of a hard layer of enamel which serves as a protective shield. Beneath there is a softer layer called dentine. The dentine contains tubules which run from the main nerve center or pulp of the tooth.
If any dentine is exposed or irritated there is a change in the fluid dynamics within the tubules and this is translated by the pulp as pain/sensation to let you know that something is wrong.
These tubules may be exposed by dental caries, over-zealous brushing, dentine exposure secondary to acid erosion, gum recession, dental trauma or lost fillings.
Left untreated, over time the sensitivity may lead to further damage including irreversible damage to the pulp. It is important to identify the cause and to treat it appropriately.