Like millions of Canadians, you might have suffered from toothache at some point in your life. However, sometimes a toothache can feel like anything but a toothache. The pain can be tremendous, almost crippling. Depending on the cause, an abscess, severe cavity, or a serious infection, mind bending pain can occur.
If this happens to you or to someone you love, the first thing you should do is call your dentist. Explain the symptoms as clearly and as calmly as you can.
Second, try to ease the pain. You can do this by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil, unless you have been advised to not take such medications by your doctor.
However, there are a few things to consider.
1) Only take the medication as directed regardless of your pain level. Too much medication, even Tylenol, can result in irreversible or even fatal liver damage.
2) Never put the medication near your toothache. This can create even more damage.
Last, never put a heat source like a heating pad or a hot water bottle near your jaw during a toothache. Heat will not help your symptoms and may make them worse or unmanageable.