If you have someone nearby that can help while you deal with the tooth, then call. But go to the dentist, regardless.
When I was on a trip, I broke a tooth. The flight home, with the changing air pressures, caused immense pain (I'm talking worse than childbirth!) on the exposed nerve, and no tylenol, advil, motrin, etc could touch the pain. When I got in, I called the dentist immediately and got in the next morning. I was only able to fall asleep after taking a painkiller left from a surgery. I went in and he looked at it, told me he could get me in with the orthodontist to get it pulled that afternoon at 2. I told him, by 2 o'clock, I will have slit my wrist. That is how bad it hurt! He shot me up with Novocaine to last until I could get it pulled. Never was I so happy to go to the dentist!!!
at 3:26 PM on Jan. 7, 2009