Severe toothache and fear for the dentist - help -

@diamania (7028)
Netherlands
February 3, 2010 6:45am CST
I'm having severe toothache right now it hurts like hell and I am afraid for the dentist. The last weeks I've survived on pain killers but the pain killers are wearing off more and more each time I take them. What can relieve me from the pain now?
18 responses
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
you really have to see your dentist, diamania. self-medication has its downsides. besides, with a toothache, painkillers can only give you temporary relief. you must know what's causing the pain and have an expert remedy it... or cure it...
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
7 Feb 10
I'm aware of that but still my obstinate character makes me go not. Thanks for your contribution.
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
7 Feb 10
i could only understand... there was a time when i was that stubborn and had that phobia on dentists... but in time, i was able to overcome that fear... although somewhat late... i've been through a lot of pain and never got to have perfect teeth...
3 Feb 10
If the toothache is a gum problem then try rubbibg sage leaves or washing you muth or with sage infused water. To do this boil sage in water then gargle it when it cools down. I am not sure if it will work for pain in the tooth though but definitely for sore gums.
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
I'll keep that in my mind for when the situation goes out of limits. At least it forces me to get off my buttocks and do something.
@shyamlal (3535)
• India
3 Feb 10
Hi diamania...you seems to be like me..I never go to a dentist coz I've similar feelings..I feeling like vomiting when they put that mirror inside my mouth..I just can't stand it.
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
They can put a little mirror in my mouth and a thermometer is fine too but the trip to the dentist already gives me so much fear, blergh... Thermometers can also be inserted via your rectum. It feels awkward and I don't know how people look at something like that but at least it doesn't make you feel sick.
@jane239 (521)
3 Feb 10
A visit to the dentist would be your best bet but if you are reluctant to do that then go and see a doctor in the meanwhile who will give you some antibiotics. I did that last year when I couldn't find an NHS dentist and I didn't want to leave it too long in case I had got an infection. They gave me some antibiotics to tide me over until I could find a dentist. I ended up going private in the end because there doesn't seem to be any NHS dentists near me.
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
That must have been quite a big bill on your doormat then. I haven't got the faintest idea how an NHS dentist differs from a 'normal' dentist. I'm brushing my teeth a bit more then I normally did and also try to avoid things that trigger my gum and teeth into complete pain.
• Indonesia
3 Feb 10
U may think that dentist looks like a monster, so u have to reset ur mind that dentist is ur Savior n will help u. In order not to get worse, u should see ur dentist as soon as possible. "A stitch saves nine".
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
Positive affirmations help very well on these things indeed. Thanks for the saying you used in the closing of your share. I've learned something new now. :)
@vijayanths (7877)
• India
3 Feb 10
I think your dear ones should accompany you to the dentist. You can think well and choose the right dentist. Once you have chosen the dentist means then be bold and face the situation, there is no other go friend. Painkillers can give you temporary relief but may affect your health in the long run. You can can can do that..
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
I'm probably not going alone indeed. Thing is that here you're more or less subscribed to one dentist. And you should go and visit them at least once every 6 months otherwise the insurance company declines to compensate. Last time I visited them was over a year ago. Not only that but just the fear is killing me already if my teeth aren't already doing that. :)
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
It's best for you to visit your dentist so that you can be sure about the treatment. But temporarily, you can take some mild pain relievers which you can buy over the counter. I understand that you're scared to go to the dentist but you just have to be brave enough to face your dental problem. Your dentist will be able to know the correct way of helping you get rid of that tooth problem.
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 10
Luckily we have quite a big arsenal of medicines at my house, including pain relievers. I'm surviving thanks to them and I should consider visiting the dentist like you said.
@zearah (5382)
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
Ooops Pain reliever maybe you better go to Pharmacist or visit your dentist! You cannot believe this but here in our place there is a herbal doctor that supplies herbs that is effective in some cases...most people believe these faith healers really can help
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
4 Feb 10
No, I can't believe that here in the Netherlands we do have some alternative 'medical' specialists but it's not very common to visit them. For example chiropractic is a very well known way of relieving all kinds of pains but it's still deemed as an alternative treatment. The pharmacist will tell me to go to the dentist as well. And that's exactly what I am afraid for. :D
@tuyakiki (3017)
• India
11 Feb 10
The last time I went to a dentist was about 5 months ago.I had some enamel problem. I usually I don't visit a dentist. Its really scary,painful and embarrassing.Its really painful,when I hear that I will have to come again for a check up. Though,it's definitely a good idea to go regularly because if your dentist finds any problems with your teeth, he can fix it right away instead of having it grow worse over the time.
9 Feb 10
I think the only way this is going to get sorted is when the pain is too great for any over teh counter pain killers. Then the pain will be worse than your fear of the dentist and you will have to go visit him as the "lesser of 2 evils" Here in the Uk we hasve a pain killer you can buy called paramol which is usually pretty good for bad pain but you can't be taking pain killers forever!
• Bangladesh
6 Feb 10
Hey friend! The best thing for you to go to a specialist dentist for diagnosis as to what really happened to your tooth. If you don't know what really happened, you won't be able to have the exact treatment of your tooth. So, first diagnose and cure. Have a healthy day.
@bounce58 (17441)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
The last time I got a toothache I pestered my dentist to see me as soon as possible. It's the most terrible pain to endure so I just wanted it to be over with. When I called the clinic, they didn't have any available appointment slots for me. They said I had to wait 2 more weeks to have an opening. So I called and called, and hang out in the clinic the following day so they were forced to see me. If you still have this pain, go and see the dentist. It's scary and painful! But trust me, it's a better alternative than enduring the pain.
• India
5 Feb 10
The best option is just to go to the dentist! Yeah there is this fear of the dentist in most of us, even in me! Even I used pain killers to stop the pain, but it sure wears out. I decided I cant take this tooth pain everyday, and take the dentist pain for one day. It worked! Yes, when they are doing their thing, it will hurt a bit, seriously not as much as the tooth pain does! and when they are done, its a permanent solution and the pain would not return. So take up that courage and go and see the doctor, keeping in mind that its just for a day! Please don't prolong or the procedure might be prolonged.
@vathsala30 (3732)
• India
4 Feb 10
dear friend, For tooth ache, we apply clove oil in the affected part. We apply the juice of jatropha leaves that is if you pluck one matured leaf, you will get some sap from the plucked portion in the stem, that is collected in a cotton swab and apply. keep a clove in the affected part. take 1small piece of camphor in a beetel leaf and keep in the affected part. But do not forget to spit the saliva till the leaf is in your mouth as camphor is poison finally while going to bed, brush your teeth and gargle with lukewarm saline water and in the morning before brushing your teeth and in the empty stomach, do oil pulling and gargle with hot water and then brush your teeth. This is our way of treating the toothache
• India
4 Feb 10
OMG a comradely hug from me coz for the past two month (entire tenure of winter) I’ve been suffering thus. My teeth are all in very bad shape due to excessive chocolates and other bad habits so every winter I suffer aches in one tooth or the other. only last year I had to have one extracted so this year, I didn’t feel like. You can look online for natural remedies to toothache…I searched and there were quite a few options…take your pick as per convenience. I selected guava leaves and pod of garlic as both these are easily available to me. Chewing on young guava leaves or crushing a pod of garlic and letting the juices flow into the affected tooth, does give relief. I wont say its permanent relief but at least for a couple of days you would have relief and then when the pain starts again, then you can always chew some more LOL Actually I don’t think there is any way out of a bad tooth other than extraction…you can get it filled but extraction is the ultimate bitter truth. However, you might not have a carries, it might be simple infection of either the tooth or the gum so go and get it checked.
@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
4 Feb 10
you are GOING to have to go - there's no cure but going - either to have a filling, a root canal or pulling
@neildc (17246)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
4 Feb 10
i agree with what the others had already said, visit your dentist. don't be afraid of the dentist, he knows everything about our teeth.
@se7enthbird (8316)
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
i never go to the dentist. i have fear of the needles and i fear the things that the dentist use to put inside the mouth. i dont fear the dentist but fear of needles and his things that he use. so with that i really brush my teeth. but there is one time that i really need to go to the dentist for my wisdom tooth is growing in a wrong way or something like that. i am really scared but the pain is killing me. i can not concentrate with work and this makes me upset or moody. so i decided to go the my wife's dentist and in just a few minutes the pain was over. i wish i went there earlier for the pain was killing me and the dentist made the pain go away permanently. you may be scared but you know that he can help.