This section is from the book "Dental Medicine. A Manual Of Dental Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Ferdinand J. S. Gorgas. Also available from Amazon: Dental Medicine.
Acute Inflammation of the Dental Pulp is indicated by acute pain in the affected tooth, which frequently extends to neighboring teeth and to the side of the face, but is more intense in the tooth itself; pain may subside after a few hours' duration, to return again on the slightest provocation, or on patient assuming a horizontal position; the pain may also assume a throbbing character.
The treatment of this condition of pulp is indicated in that of "irritation of the pulp." For soothing applications, solution of gutta percha and chloroform, tincture of hamamelis applied warm, oil of cloves, dilute creasote, equal parts of chloroform, aconite and tincture of opium, may be employed. (See Dental Formulae for Odontalgia and Pulpitis.)