Pure table salt - dab on the infected area. I decided to try this after suffering two days with sever pain and after trying every other recommended remedy. The salt draws the infection to the surface and helps relieve some of the swelling & pressure. For the first time all day I'm not in tears.
Last night i had really bad tooth ache i used arm and hammer toothpaste and covered my tooth with it i left it for about 5 mins then rinsed with warm water didnt take it away completely but enough so i could sleep this morning it was back and my face swelled up like a balloon i couldn't get an appointment at the denisted till Monday so i got some cocodaml works a treat you can only use for 3days but handy if your stuck on the weekend hope this helps
Ok so I always have a problem with my teeth but this past week it has been TERRIABLE so I tried this a clove of garlic cut up really thin , salt , and a goodys powder crush and mix all that up and apply it to the gums and infected tooth it right away stopped the throbbing and pain . Tastes very Nasty and please no kissing anybody hope this helps thanks :)
DO NOT USE HEAT!!!!
I was in the worst pain of my life!! And let me tell you I have 4 kids and have had 2 kidney stones and this was the WORST! I had an abscessed tooth (back molar) and I came on here and tried EVERYTHING!! Chewing raw garlic, salt and pepper, extract... ect. The only relief I got other than meds was swishing liquer in my mouth and that was only for a short time. I went to the er, the dentist ( had to wait to have the tooth pulled till some antibiotics) and I got the tooth out and OMG!! The pain is gone.. BUT I was putting a heat pack on my face while I was in pain and the dentist said I was making it worse!! Never apply heat!!
Well, I have a little different story but my abscess was not a tooth abscess but rather a periodontal abcess in the gum. It is where a pocket that has formed around a tooth becomes infected when food or bacteria become trapped in it. Easier to deal with if you catch it before it spreads to the tooth or bone.
Anyway, I noticed I was really tender in the front of my mouth and thought maybe something was stuck there so I got my water pick and peroxide and water and tried to rinse it and it was really tender! I did the best I could anyway and the next day it seemed a little better.
I went to sleep and woke up the next morning with a bump a little higher up on my gums that was really sore. I rinsed with salt water and diluted peroxide throughout the day and went to bed. The next day it was twice the size as the day before and really tender!
I continued to rinse with the salt water and peroxide but without improvement. In fact it got bigger and bigger until it developed a head (a small white spot). Finally I was fed up and because I am a bit impatient and kind of a hot head, I grabbed the peroxide bottle and took a straight swig into my mouth and began to swish. I noticed it was foamy immediately unlike when I diluted it. I spit it out and it was all foam, (yuck!!) and went to look at it and it was spewing blood and foam from the place where the white dot had been! I freaked out and took another swig of the peroxide and swished and spit more thick foam and blood. I rinsed with water and grabbed some cotton balls to absorb anything else that was coming out of it, replacing them every 30 seconds or so and then I started to try and squeeze what I could into them since it was open already and I didn't want to swallow it. Man was I freaking out! I kept cotton in my mouth for the whole day after this. I would rinse every few hours with diluted peroxide and replace the cotton. I went to bed with cotton in my mouth and a rinse by the bed so I could change it in the night.
The next day it was better, almost flat but a little sore still. I had heard about the infections being pretty nasty so I was determined to make sure it didn't spread. I have a toothbrush that disinfects itself after every use so that was good and I started to think about what draws poison or toxins out of things. I started taking oil of oregano internally as well as capsules of ginger root and tumeric powder. I swished with coconut oil and diluted peroxide and then cotton. Then I took thin slices of garlic and put them between my cheek and gum directly on top of it. YEOUCH!! Did that several times and swished with apple cider vinegar too.
Finally I came up with Aztec Bentonite Clay and Baking Soda. I had this Bentonite toothpaste that I had only used once (cause it was weird brushing my teeth with mud) so I poured baking soda into it and stirred until it was a thicker paste. I put a little blob into a coffee filter and twisted it up into a little pouch. I put it between my cheek and gum directly on top of it for about an hour at a time several times a day. Cotton at all times to keep from swallowing anything that may be oozing out. I am on day two of this and it seems to be less tender. I really really don't want antibiotics because I don't want to give the drug companies not one dime! I would sooner die than pay those evil people and apparently I am going to in a couple months anyway, according to a couple other submissions I read.
Anywhooooo, I will keep you posted on it for as long as I am able!
ABCESS PAIN - Spent a good portion of the last two nights in AGONY, and today began reading the other posts. It was really great to hear from others who are in the same place and get all of the ideas from everyone. I am in the same circumstance as a lot of others, No insurance, etc. But even when I had insurance and money I looked for posts like this for NATURAL cures and home remedies. I really appreciate the people who sincerely posted for HOME remedies. Most of us realize that the answer to go see an emergency dentist is pretty much the basic answer, sitting in the neverending waiting room throwing another $ 500.00 at the doctors, and we are looking for alternatives for one reason or another.
Having said that, I have had many years of seeking natural cures. And what worked for one toothache, may actually irritate another. I keep Clove oil on hand which didn't even touch the pain this time. And of course the taste leaves much to be desired. The cavity filler from last nights trip to Walgreens just stopped possible drainage of the infection and made matters worse by increasing the swelling. So I figured out part of the pain is infection trying to throb its way out. Definitely looking like more of an abscess as the pain is slowly spreading its tentacles up and down my jawbone and never stops throbbing to my heartbeat. So in addition to trying to kill the pain and finally get some sleep, I have also turned to the natural antibiotics. I want to fix the problem. Not throw a temporary bandaid on it. In this particular case I headed for onion as I managed to completely cure an ear infection with onion juice back in January.
For this pain management experiment I cut an onion thinly, pulled out a couple of strips, and bruised it to get the juices flowing. But it was uncomfortable and my mouth is too tender to lay there and chew on it. Not to mention I didn’t want my WHOLE mouth to soak in onion. So I headed back to the kitchen and dug out the grater. After grating about half of an onion into a nice mushy slop using the second smallest available option on the grater, and putting it into a small Tupperware, I took out a couple of sopping pinches and wrapped it in one layer of gauze just to keep it contained. (Remember it is the JUICE of the onion that you are looking for. The more the better). The gauze is clearly more necessary to keep it in place for top teeth but I wanted a poultice so it stayed localized and didn't get diluted all over my in my mouth. At this point, I could have added garlic, or salt, etc. But I wanted to stay with onion.
You can also either put it into your mouth cold or warm whichever makes you most comfortable. Just keep in mind that onion will heat up REALLY fast in the microwave. And cooking onion past 90 degrees Celsius begins breaking down the Allicin which is the antibacterial/ antibiotic property of the onion (and garlic). So if you microwave it, start at like 5 - 7 seconds and redo it if it isn't to your liking.
By this time my mouth was THROBBING with pain, and I was in tears, despite the pain medications. I went and laid down, putting the poultice into place and lying on that side. I kept it up for about 20 minutes, letting the onion juice soak into my tooth and gums. Heck I could have even fallen asleep with it in. The longer the better. But try for at least 10 minutes. It was not instant relief, but the more it soaked the better it felt and the less throbbing I had. The pain is now down to something manageable. From a 9 to a 2. I will go as long as possible before drinking anything because it really needs to SOAK into the tissue of your teeth and gums. Remember, it will still be working even after you remove the poultice. If you can taste it, it is still there fighting that bacteria. As with the ear infection, I intend to keep putting it on at bedtime even after I begin to feel better. Like with all antibiotics, I want to make sure the infection doesn't become resistant to onion juice. The grated onion will stay ok in the fridge for a couple of days. Fresh grated is always the best though. And the stronger the onion, the better it is for healing. Basic yellow onions are perfect.
I hope this helps someone else with their abscess pain or infection. I will post back and let everyone know how it turns out.
I've had Tooth Abscesses in the past and the the severe pain usually lasts 2-5 days.
Normally I saw a small bump next to the tooth where the infection was, but my last abscess was different. There wasn't a bump on either side of the tooth but there was a small amount of pus and blood draining out from the painful tooth. Usually I was able to lightly pressed on my gums to push out the pus, but my gums weren't swollen in any area. I figured this infection was situated directly within the tooth and hasn't spread enough to make my gum bulge out but the pain was still really bad, to the point where I could not sleep.
I tried one thing and it worked. It wasn't immediate relief but it will relieve all pain within 12-24 hours. As the day progressed my tooth became more and more tolerable to bite on and the pain was almost gone by the 12th hour. The pain had subsided enough where I was finally able to fall asleep.
What I did was gargle very warm water with a heavy dose of salt in it. I didn't measure the salt by amount, I measured the salt by taste and smell. I practically poured the salt directly into the glass of water. You should be able to smell the salt from the water as you hold it to your nose and taste should be bitter. I stored the salt water mix in my oven (which was off) because it's always heated and it kept the solution very warm and ready when I needed it.
I gargled this heavy salted water for 3-5 minutes every 20 minutes for the first hour, then once every hour after that. I slept for 2 hours after the first 2 hours. I awoke and immediately went to my stove to grab my saltwater. I gargled another 3 minutes and then felt better enough to attempt sleeping again.
When I awoke the 2nd time, I had slept for 4 hours but the I was able to bite down on my tooth more then I could before. The sensitivity of the tooth had faded completely by this time and it was the 12th hour since I started rinsing my mouth with salt water.
As I said before, the pain from my abscesses in the past had lasted for days. This is the first time the pain subsided within the first 24 hours and I had to come here and share my experiences.
I'm sure going to a doctor would be your best bet at completely removing a problem like this, but if you have days or weeks until the appointment, I would recommend salt water. If you think the pain isn't getting better, add more salt to the mixture.
And by the way, make sure you drink regularly during this method so you stay hydrated. After each gargle, I'd drink a glass of full to half glass of orange or apple juice.
Aspendental123456, or whatever, back in the day a dentist would let you pay for procedures in installments. Then one fine day, a person had to apply for a loan from a medical loan company that wouldn't accept anything less than sterling-class credit. Your comments about selling something, taking second jobs (I've done that; wasn't very good for a family but HEY! do what you gotta do, right?) are ridiculously insensitive in light of the economic situation so many of us find ourselves in. Why not go back to the old system where we could pay you out? Oh yeah, bad for the bottom line. The people responding to this are not trying to make excuses. They are in pain, they have nothing to sell, they already work second jobs, and they are in pain. What does Aspen Dental do to facilitate their care? Not expecting an answer. And by the way, your spelling and grammar are atrocious. You went to dental school? Sweet Jesus...
An abscessed tooth can kill you. I recently had an abscessed tooth and initially tried the home remedy route. Two days later my cheek was so swollen I looked like a chipmunk. I found a dentist that accepted Care Credit and he did not hesitate to remove it. I felt better.
A month later I was having trouble breathing and I coughed up blood. In the emergency room an x-ray revealed that I have pneumonia. It seems that the infection snuck into my lungs.
The bottom line is take an abscessed tooth very seriously and do be cheap regarding your health.
Here is my story and it is a cautionary tale. I had a toothache and desired to treat it naturally. I read all of the forums, studied the tips and tricks. I began treating my tooth with clove oil and oregano oil. I took garlic pills and make fresh garlic poultices which I applied religiously. I applied tea bags to my gums and rinsed with salt water. I managed to numb the nerves and calm the inflammation. In other word, I hid all of the symptoms. Then one day, I awoke to find half of my face swollen to twice its normal dimensions. I then broke down and went to the dentist. She was caring and kind and did not scold me for not coming in earlier but showed me on my x-rays how I had allowed the infection in my jaw to eat away at the bone to the point that my tooth no longer had an adequate socket to hold it in place. As a result, a relatively minor tooth abscess which could have been treated by the dentist has led to the loss of a tooth and a weakening of my jaw to the point that I may need surgery to restore it (I will know once my body has had the chance to heal). My point is that although I do prefer natural healing techniques, be very careful when using them and remember that a dentist should be consulted regardless of your choice of strategies. My dentist tells me that she guides some patients in their natural remedy use and ells them when to switch over to modern medical and dental techniques. In retrospect, I wish I had opted for the dentist first, saved my tooth and avoided a lot of complication.