By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published February 14, 2015, Last updated October 21, 2016
Toothache can be excruciating and really distressing. One only needs to experience it once to understand how painful and irritating it can be. Toothache is the most common reason for a visit to a dentist. It is human nature to keep putting things off till the time one has no other option than to take action. That is why most people tend to neglect tooth problems till the pain makes a visit to a dentist inevitable.
Causes of toothache
Toothache may occur due to some dental cause or even when the cause is not of dental origin. This may be due to sinusitis or an ear infection or a jaw problem. Here we are concerned about the dental causes. Toothache occurs when a dental nerve is irritated. The nerves are present inside the central or inner part of the tooth. This portion is known as the pulp of the tooth. The pulp houses the nerves as well as the blood supply to the tooth. These nerve endings are very sensitive to pain. The nerves may be irritated when there is infection in the tooth or the tooth has decayed or become carious. Toothache may also occur due to gum disease or due to deposition of plaque. Sometimes abscesses form in the gums. These abscesses can also cause a lot of pain. An injury to the tooth or the mouth can also cause toothache.
Signs and Symptoms of toothache
Pain usually starts in one tooth and can extend to the whole side. It may extend upwards to the forehead or the head. It may radiate towards the ear. Sometimes the pain is throbbing in nature and at other times it is sharp as if some pointed object is probing the area. There may be swelling and redness around the affected tooth. Tapping on the tooth can cause increased pain which helps in identifying the tooth that is causing the pain. Fever may also be present at times.
There may be pain on eating or drinking something cold or hot. This increased sensitivity is the initial stage. Later on, the pain may become constant. There may be pain on chewing something or biting on something. At times, pus forms below the tooth and this can cause foul smelling discharge.
Homeopathy for toothache
Homeopathy is so effective for toothaches and other dental problems that this has contributed greatly to the popularity of Homeopathy. In fact dentists are one of the two other professionals who use Homeopathic remedies very frequently, the other ones being veterinarians. Homeopathic medicines are able to cure a lot of causes of the toothache like abscesses and gum inflammation. Even when the tooth is carious or has been totally eaten up and beyond any reasonable chance of cure, homeopathic medicines are able to cure the pain. One can then get the help of a dentist who can do the needful. Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for toothache which are really helpful and most commonly used.
Merc Sol-One of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache with increased salivation
When there is increased salivation along with the pain, Merc Sol is one of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache. There is swelling of the cheek along with toothache. At the same time, the pain is better by rubbing the cheek. The pain is ameliorated by the application of any external warmth. The pain is aggravated at night. Also, the pain gets worse from the warmth of bed. When one draws in some air from the mouth, the pain increases. The teeth feel elongated as the gums recede. The gums are spongy. There is a metallic taste in the mouth. The teeth decay at the crown. Abscesses form in the gums and the pain is worse at night. The tongue is heavy, thick and moist. Despite the tongue being moist, there is increased thirst.
Coffea- One of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache better by cold water
When the pain is better by holding cold water in the mouth, Coffea is one of the best medicines for toothache. The pain increases after taking hot food. The pain is even aggravated by any external warmth. This medicine is made from unroasted coffee. It is often indiciated in people who are habitual coffee drinkers. There is increased sensitivity and irritability. Restlesness is also marked. The odd or unusual thing about this medicine is that the pain is incited by positive emotions like sudden happiness, joy or any excitement.
Sepia-One of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache aggravated by sweets
When the pain in the teeth is triggered by eating anything sweet, Sepia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache. The pain may extend to the ears. The pain is also increased by biting teeth together. The pain is also worse while lying. At times, the pain increases in the evening around 6 pm and remains so till midnight. In females, the pain is aggravated during menses. The gums are dark red in colour. The gums are swollen and blood oozes from the gums. The teeth are carious and bleed easily.
Kreosote-One of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache extending to temples
When the pain extends from the tooth to the temples, Kreosote is one of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache. The teeth are usually dark in colour and decayed. The patient is restless and wants to be constantly in motion. He is unable to sleep because of the pain and keeps shrieking all night. Gums are spongy and ulcerated. They bleed easily. There is putrid smell from the mouth. The taste remains bitter.
Mezereum-One of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache in carious teeth
When the pain is in carious teeth, Mezerum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for toothache. The teeth usually decay at the roots. The pain increases by touch and by movement of any kind. The tooth aches even when it comes in contact with the tongue. The pain extends to the cheekbones. The pain may be described by some patients as of the teeth are being pulled out.