@everetra - I can relate to your dentist story. Let me tell you, however, that in my experience, even the pain medication didn’t help me. I had several large cavity fillings-a near root canal-and the pain was excruciating, even with the topical anesthetic.
I sought for pain relief in the days that followed, and I found it in acetaminophen. I had read that if I dissolved the tablets in my teeth that they would kill the pain. This provided some relief but proved too cumbersome, so finally I just swallowed the tablets whole. The pain was gone.
Of course, I had to keep doing this, sometimes several times a day. Perhaps I took more than I should have but it did the trick until my gum pain receded naturally on its own.
You can use ibuprofen, too. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen accomplish the same things in terms of pain relief, but acetaminophen doesn’t treat inflammation.