Anti-inflammatory tablets (NSAIDs) can reduce the sensitivity. A combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol has been found to be beneficial. Please note you should avoid ibuprofen/nurofen if you suffer from asthma, have a history of stomach ulcers or you already take Aspirin or have an allergy to Ibuprofen. Also, there are some reports that Ibuprofen may increase the symptoms of COVID-19 so Paracetamol alone is probably best if you have symptoms. Make sure you don’t exceed the recommended dosage, and also don’t stop taking the anti-inflammatory when the pain stops (or it will come back again!). You are wanting to reduce the inflammation of the nerve in the tooth which is causing the pain. Please call us if you are unsure as to the correct dosages and how long to take medication for.
Desensitising toothpaste such as “Sensodyne repair and protect” or “Colgate sensitive pro relief” could help.
If there is sign of an infection / swelling next to the tooth or pus discharging you might find that rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salty water or mouthwash beneficial. Dissolve a spoonful of sea salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth/ hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times until the pain subsides.