Emergency Treatment for an Aching Tooth
Remember, there is no substitute for a good dental care, and any suggestion given in this post are only intended for temporary relief until a qualified dentist can be consulted.
First, add a half teaspoon of salt to a glass warm of water and wash your mouth with this solution every few hours as needed. Next, apply an ice bag to the side of the face where the pain is felt. If there is food debris in the cavity of the tooth, gently remove this, and apply a small pledget of cotton containing oil of cloves to reduce pain. Oil of cloves is sometimes mixed with chlorobutanol to give relief, the prescription for this being chlorobutanol 4.0 Gm and suficient clove oil to make 15 cc.
Clove oil may be mixed with a small quantity of zinc oxide powder to make a stiff paste. Use this paste to fill the cavity in the aching tooth. This will keep food materials from acumulating in the cavity. As soon as posible, see your dentist, for with proper care, it may be possible even now to save the tooth.
The formation of an abscess within the gums is more serious. For this a dentist should be consulted without delay. Penicillin and other antibiotics may help to reduce inflammation, and will also protect the patient from some more serious condition, such as subacute bacterial endocarditis. Therefore the sooner a qualified dentist is consulted the better, so that the abscess an be drained and the tooth extracted if necessary.