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How to Kill Tooth Pain Nerve in 3 seconds Permanently

Are you having extreme tooth pain and can't sleep? We will tell you how to stop that unbearable toothache by quickly killing the tooth nerve.

exposed tooth pain nerve
exposed tooth pain nerve

Table of Contents:

What does a tooth pain nerve feel like?

The symptoms of nerve pain coming from a tooth can come in a variety of clinical presentations. It may have multiple symptoms or just one, pain.

  • Excruciating throbbing pain that comes and goes.

  • Can feel like a heartbeat that is pulsing.

  • Dull constant ache

  • Sharp pain

  • You may have a fever.

  • You could feel mentally disoriented and exhausted from the constant toothache.

These symptoms are all variations of pulpitis, which is nerve inflammation.

What will instantly stop a toothache?

The two ways to instantly stop a toothache is to either remove the nerve from the tooth or remove the entire tooth completely. Both ways will eliminate the nerve so that it is no longer able to cause you any pain. You will feel pain relief once you eliminate the source of the nerve pain.

Treatments to stop toothache immediately:

  • Root canal. This is the process of separating the nerve from the tooth itself. The tooth will stay in the mouth but the nerve will leave the tooth. Since the nerve is gone, you will feel instant pain relief. Unfortunately this procedure can only be done by your dentist.

  • Tooth removal. This is when you take the tooth out completely. There are a lot of ways to remove a tooth but the most common is to do it under local anesthesia with your dentist. That is least painful way to do it since you will be numb for the entire process. Afterwards you will have a hole in your mouth from the missing tooth.

Tooth socket after extraction
Tooth socket after extraction

These are the only two ways to achieve permanent pain relief from a toothache. All other methods will offer temporary pain relief since they do not address the root cause, which is an unhealthy nerve. The nerve needs to be treated directly for pain relief and not just indirectly to alleviate the symptoms.

Although if you were interested, there are ways to calm an irritated tooth nerve. This may or may not work but it is still worth a try.


How to permanently kill a tooth nerve at home.

You may be surprised but there is one scenario where you can kill the tooth nerve at home and that is when you have a very loose tooth, where you can physically move it from side to side and it looks like it is almost about to come out on its own.

Just like when you were a child and you had loose baby teeth, do you remember the old floss technique to remove a milk tooth?

Our recommendation is for you to see a dentist but realistically speaking not all the teeth that were removed in this world were by dentists. Most commonly, loose teeth from severe gum disease have a tendency to fall out on their own when given enough time. Yes, it is only after the tooth falls out that you'll get permanent pain relief.

  • Nerve pain from a loose tooth. If you're having an unbearable toothache and the tooth is loose enough for you to move it with your fingers. It also looks like it'll come out on its own if you just bite into an avocado toast. In order to get pain relief, you will need the tooth removed completely.


How to permanently kill tooth nerve pain 3 seconds

  1. Apply some anbesol around the tooth causing you pain.

  2. Tie a piece of floss around the tooth.

  3. Pull the floss really fast in less than 1 second.

  4. The tooth should now be in your hands.

This technique is meant for primary teeth and not adult teeth. If you remember from your childhood, your baby teeth had to be extremely loose for you to remove it with floss.

  • Please do not try to use pliers on your teeth.

  • This floss trick has been used by parents and children since the dawn of mankind to remove loose milk teeth.

Our recommendation: Contact your dentist immediately so that they can complete the procedure for you in a painless manner. Our LIC dentist are very competent in removing teeth and would be more than happy to help you.

If you are still not able to make an appointment with a dentist, there are some natural home remedies you can try which can temporarily relieve the nerve pain from the tooth.


How to kill tooth nerve pain temporarily at home

  • Cold compress. Hold the ice on the affected side for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. You can repeat for as many times as needed. The cold will provide a numbing effect for the tooth pain.

  • Salt water rinsing. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to 8 oz of water and rinse for up to 2 minutes with the solution. Spit it back out afterwards. The salt has a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect.

  • Listerine rinsing. Rinse for seconds and according to the manufacturer, Listerine will eliminate 99.9% of the bacteria in your mouth. The Listerine may not cure your toothache but it can prevent it from getting worse because it keeps the bacteria population under control.

  • Hydrogen peroxide rinsing. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a 1:1 ratio and rinse for up to 2 minutes. Studies have shown that 6% hydrogen peroxide can kill up to half of the bacteria in just 15 seconds. This will prevent the bacteria from growing more.

  • Oregano oil. Apply a drop of oregano oil on a Q-tip and use it to massage the tooth with pain for about 2 minutes. Repeat as many times as needed. Oregano is a powerful bacterial growth inhibitor and has even shown effectiveness for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • Peppermint tea bag. Steep the peppermint tea bag for 5 minutes in boiling water. Let it cool down closer to room temperature and then place the tea bag on the offending tooth. Bite down on the peppermint tea bag for 10 minutes. Studies have shown that the menthol in peppermint has a moderate antibacterial effect.

  • Garlic. Eat a lot of fresh garlic and it can help prevent infections. Studies have shown that fresh garlic can even work against antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • Thyme oil and Clove oil. Apply a drop of the oil to a Q-tip and use it to massage around the offending tooth for up to 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can also add a few drops to a cup of water and use it as a mouth rinse.

All of the above methods will offer momentary pain relief from the tooth nerve pain. It won't kill it permanently but will help temporarily. If the natural remedies don't work you can try an over the counter painkiller instead.


What is the best painkiller for tooth nerve pain?

If you're having a throbbing toothache in the middle of the night when no dentist is open, your only option would be to take over the counter painkillers.

The best painkiller for killing tooth nerve pain would be a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen taken simultaneously. You need to take both of them together for the full effect, otherwise you won't get the maximum pain relief benefit.

How to take ibuprofen and acetaminophen to kill the tooth nerve pain:

  1. Take two tablets of extra strength Tylenol, 500 mg, for a total of 1000 mg every 8 hours.

  2. Take two tablets of Advil, 200 mg, for a total of 400 mg every 8 hours.

  3. Take them both simultaneously with a glass of water.

Painkill pain relief chart comparison

The chart above was from a study which showed how the combination of ibuprofen with acetaminophen was actually superior to both ibuprofen with codeine and also acetaminophen with codeine. The combination of both medications offered the greatest amount of pain relief approximately 90 minutes after taking it.

Studies have also shown that taking both painkillers together provided pain relief that was equivalent to taking narcotics such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Taking them individually did not provide the desired effects.

  • Please be aware that you should not take this for longer than one day unless directed by your doctor.

  • You need to schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately the next day. This is only meant to get you through the night so that you can get some sleep.

This is great news because if you are having nerve pain coming from your tooth, you most likely already have ibuprofen and acetaminophen at home which you can take. You don't even need a prescription from your dentist to buy both of them if you don't have it at home. This makes it the best home remedy for relief your tooth's nerve pain.

Note: Advil does make an OTC product called Advil Dual Action, which conveniently combines both ibuprofen and acetaminophen into one tablet.


Take away

Hopefully that helps explain how you can get some relief from tooth pain. When in doubt, it is always best to see your dentist because most of the home remedies don't solve the root cause.

Home remedies will only offer temporary pain relief meaning the pain will come back within a few hours! Only your dentist can give you a permanent cure and our emergency dentists in long island city can help you to kill your tooth pain nerve.


  • This article is for information purposes only.

  • You should consult your own dentist since they are your primary care provider.

  • 99.99% of dental symptoms require intervention by a dentist, that's just the unfortunate nature of dentistry. (Hint: it's the reason why you can't get rid of us.)



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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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