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Is my toothache remedy dangerous?

Asked by Crumpet (1785 points ) February 21st, 2014

I’ve been in agony with toothache for the past few hours, so I decided to invent a slightly drastic remedy.

Firstly I filled my mouth with Jameson’s whiskey and held it there for about 5 minutes, then swallowed.
Then broke a paracetamol tablet in half, crushed it into a fine powder, added a small amount of water to make it into a paste, and rubbed it all over my tooth and surrounding gum.

Finally polished off by two ibuprofen tablets swallowed.

It seems to have eased it for a while at least, but it’s something I can see myself having to repeat every few hours.

Is this a good idea?

Does anyone have any alternative methods?

I can’t see a dentist because it’s gone 8pm.

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poofandmook's avatar

have you tried looking for a dentist that does emergencies? There are dentists who will open the office for emergencies, especially since infected teeth and gums can become a much bigger issue in a scary-short period of time.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Ambusol may be better, but whiskey is an old cure-all. Probably a raw nerve if it hurts that much, so try not to eat solids, and only drink room temp drinks.

Be careful with the pills though, not all of them are meant ot be crushed like that and even OD’ing on aspirin is possible.

No dental ER?

marinelife's avatar

Go to the drugstore and pick up Orajel.

pleiades's avatar

I mean you could get prescribed for some Lidocaine? Go to a walkin clinic? Lidocaine super works

hearkat's avatar

Paracetamol is acetaminophen, known as Tylenol here in the US. That is hard on your liver and alcohol is hard on your liver. Ibuprofen – known here as Advil/Motrin – is hard on the stomach and alcohol is hard on the stomach. Taking all three in combination on a regular basis is not recommended.

I will take a half-dose of acetaminophen and half-dose of ibuprofen for headaches, because I find that the combined attack is more effective for me than one or the other at full-strength. They work via difference mechanisms in the body. To get you through the time until you can see a dentist, I would suggest just taking those two – as recommended, not crushed and applied locally – and NOT drinking any alcohol.

Orajel and Anbesol are brand-names for topical oral anesthetics here in the USA that contain benzocaine – perhaps the apothecary or drug store near you has a similar product? I don’t think that topical oral lidocaine is available without a prescription in the US, and I have no way of knowing if it is available elsewhere, either.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@hearkat He’ll probably just drink til he passes out like the cowboys…lol

creative1's avatar

2 tylenol every 4 hours, if you need something immediate to numb it then I would take some high alcohol content liquor and put a cotton ball in it and then place cotton ball directly on the tooth and just bite down on it to hold it there. Repeat the cotton ball method as it wears off.

trailsillustrated's avatar

< Is a dentist. It hurts because it is into the nerve (pulp). The panadol or whatever is going to kill the nerve, then you are going to need a root canal. You probably are looking at one anyway. Don’t put crushed tablets on it, it will fry the pulp and the surrounding tissue. Go get some clove oil and use that. It’s a much better pain reliever. Get to a dentist. Good luck Same with putting alcohol directly on it. It will kill the tooth, don’t do it..

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

@trailsillustrated, when I was a kid, there was a product available which was waxy, gooey, awful tasting stuff which could be stuffed in a small wad into a cavity. I was young, and I don’t know what it was called. It numbed the area, some, and plugged the cavity until one could get to a dentist. Is stuff like that still on the market? If so, is it safe to use?

trailsillustrated's avatar

@Jonesn4burgers yes just go to a chemist. It’s a clove oil thing. It’s called different things in different countries. It’s a way better alternative than jamming crushed tablets into it or booze soaked pellets.

JLeslie's avatar

Listen to @trailsillustrated.

By the way, just in case you don’t know and you happen to be American, chemist is the same as pharmacist.

bea2345's avatar

For first aid, I think what you need is soft candle – it is an all purpose local medicine chiefly for inflammation and pain caused by boils, abscesses and toothache. According to this, in the section on toothache, you pack the cavity with topical painkillers such as Orajel then seal it with softened candle wax (first melt the wax, let it cool until it is malleable and use it before it hardens). In Trinidad we use oil of cloves. This is a temporary thing, you must see a dentist as soon as you can.

My own experience with soft candle was very unpleasant. My mother used soft candle to make a poultice for a boil on the back of my left thigh. It had to be changed daily, the pain was atrocious but the boil burst after three or four days. I must have been very young because in my later childhood, penicillin was the drug of choice for such ailments.

jerv's avatar

When I had my last toothache, I used lidocaine gel for a few days until I could get to the dentist.

Powdered pills are a recipe for disaster. Most are time-release, and powdering them defeats that. Compare drinking that bottle of Jameson’s over a weekend to drinking it as fast as it’ll flow down your throat, and you’ll appreciate how time release keeps you from fucking yourself up. Not to mention interactions between drugs and alcohol.

Skip the drug cocktail and just get drunk. It’s safer.

And don’t forget the difference between Anbesol and Anusol; they’re for problems at opposite ends.

CWOTUS's avatar

When I called my dentist after hours because I had to cancel an appointment – expecting to leave a message that they’d pick up the next day – I discovered that he routinely transferred the office calls to his own cell phone to handle emergencies just like this. (It was kind of embarrassing, since it was a 1 AM call, and I wasn’t able to see him to explain the circumstances for about a month, but we had a good chuckle over it then.)

Your ‘solution’ is liable to kill you. Mixing painkillers and alcohol, and different types of painkillers to boot, and in non-prescribed / jury-rigged concoctions, is a recipe for disaster.

Call your dentist’s office number and see if he has a service to relay emergency calls, or if he will refer you to another practitioner who works swing shifts, or if he will at least prescribe an effective and safe pain remedy until you can see him first thing in the morning.

Crumpet's avatar

Hi guys, thanks for all the answers!
I decided to go to the pharmacist and pick up some max strength Orajel.
That coupled with two ibuprofen every 4 hours has saved my life and certainly much better and making tablets into a paste!
I have a dentist appointment on Monday, and I’m hoping he’ll give me a root canal.
Hopefully that will solve my problem.

gailcalled's avatar

^^It’s not just root canal issues that cause severe toothache. Dentist will diagnose the problem after a careful exam and an x-ray.(I have just scheduled a root canal with an endodonist for March 5. There’s a long line. Get out your checkbook.)

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