We know toothaches are horrid. So if you are in Nelson with a toothache. Give us a call and we will get you in to sort it out.
If you are reading this after hours here are some helpful hints to deal with a toothache.
Painkillers will help relieve a toothache until you can visit the dentist. Take painkillers regularly – without exceeding the recommended daily dose. Also check that you can safely take the medication prior to taking it. It can help to alternate between medications eg, take 2 tablets of 400ml ibuprofen (200mg each tablet) then 2 hours later take 2 tablets of Panadiene (500mg paracetamol and 8 mg codeine each tablet). Then repeat. Alternating can help provide a better and longer lasting cover.
Ensure you take painkillers 30 mins before bed time, then they will be working before you lie down.
Hot or cold – Sometimes sipping on very cold water can help. An icepack may help. Wrap some frozen veges in a tea towel and hold on your cheek for 10-20 minutes. Some people find sipping on warm water helps.
Clove oil dabbed on the tooth may help if you have any.
Sleep with your head raised – this helps prevent the throb.
Night time is always worse – there are no distractions and the brain can fully focus on the pain. Having some distraction can help, keep the TV on, have music playing or read a book till you fall asleep.
After your rough night with toothache please ring – we can help, we are good at it.