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899 Home Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

Submitted by Erin

It is very easy for people who have health insurance to say-go to the dentist!I am self employed&pay a ridiculous amt for crappy coverage(no eye/dental)so I understand.If u have the means, obviously go to the dentist.If not, this is what has worked for me:
First, clean your mouth out.Either Listerine or. 50/50 hydrogen peroxide.
Next, I rinse w/ a sea salt/water mixture(also cleanses)
Then I slit the top of a tea bag&empty most of the tea out, leaving maybe 1/2-1tsp in the bag.I then put 1/2-1tsp of minced garlic/oil in the teabag w/tea.Twist the top of bag to make a poultice&snip off any excess bag.Place in mouth on the affected area for as long as u can(at least 10-15 mins)
After you remove poultice, rinse again w/salt water.
Repeat as many times as needed.
If the pain is still bad u can take any pain med/anti inflamitory pill u have&crush it.Mix w/small amt of water&put it on the affected area.
This may sound like overkill, but this regimen has worked for me&none of it can hurt u.Different things work for different people.Id rather use all of the above in this relatively simple regimen,than try one thing at a time to find out which one works while I wallow in pain.Good luck everyone!

Submitted by Tanesha

Hey u guys....this morning at 3:07am I began to have an absolute terrible toothache.. it was so bad that I couldn't do anything but cry!... I came to this sight and discovered that everyone was talking about using garlic to get rid of the pain.... did I try it???? No! Y??? I didn't have any! The pain was terrible. I had to come up with sumthin ...quick! So I got a cotton ball... broke a small portion of it...wet it with warm water... and stuffed it into the opening where the nerve was exposed ..and immediately the pain was gone! Now I'm laying here watching Friday until I fall asleep... cotton works!

Submitted by John

I have had problems with abscess and cracked teeth lately. The pain is very severe. There is no cure except for a root canal or pulling of the tooth. If you can't get to a dentist immediately, try to have some augmentin and amoxycilin on hand and start taking it. Start with the amoxycilin. If that doesn't seem to work in a few hours, switch to the augmentin. Also have a supply of vicodin handy in case the pain gets bad. If it is a cracked root, the antibiotic may not work too well because the structure of the tooth is breached and that's where the vicodin can save you until you can get the tooth pulled.

Submitted anonymously

This is more of a warning than a remedy

I recently lost a filling in a wisdom tooth. Soon after it abscessed. I used a tea bag and took heavy doses of garlic pills and Vitamin C which got rid of the abscess. Unfortunately, it came back and I decided to pop it. BIG MISTAKE!

A few days later i felt nauseous and couldn't really get out of bed for several days. Then my face swelled up almost baseball size. By the time i got to a dentist, I couldn't even open my mouth wide enough to get the tooth pulled out. The jaws were dropped in the dentist office as i was scolded for not going to the E.R.

Dentist prescribed Keflex which after 6 days did absolutely nothing. By this time the tooth didnt hurt but the face was so swollen it felt like my cheek was gonna explode, major pain.

Went to an oral surgeon who prescribed clyndamycin. It worked great, and got the tooth yanked.

Do whatever you can to get it taken care of the right way. It's a big weight off your shoulders

Submitted by Miztivin

For anyone who has a missing filling or hole in their tooth, this is THE best way to draw out the ifection. Itll cure u in a day! I read allot of these remidies early this morning, compilled my own collective solution. Its 6 pm and i feel 100% better after 3 days of sleepless foodless agoney.

What youll need!
°cotton balls
°salt (preferibly sea salt)
°warm water
°lysterine, vodika, or even poroxcide works as a mouth wash. *But for low low bugget ppls this is optional. Salt water is just as cleansing.*
°asprin,ibprofin, and pain reliver/inflimation reducer. *This too is optionol*

Take 2 bowls, and one cup.*one bowl if u dont want/have pain meds* Fill them all with warm salty salty water. The bowls dont need to be filled much at all, but fill that cup up! Crush ur pain med of choice and mix it in one of the bowls.
Now take two cotton balls, put one in each bowl. Let them get good and soaked. Now clean clean clean ur mouth, ur tooth hole everything. Clean the life out of it. I use lysterine then saltwater from the cup.
Now u can take a sip and rines with the pain medicated salty bowl if u want. Itll help. * warning * do not over use/rinse with this salution, u will throw up! But for now its okay till we get that sever pain down. Take a tine peice of the pain med cotton ball, roll it into a ball and insert it in the hole of ur tooth. Use a tooth pick or something if it helps.
Let that sit there for 30min to hr, or if ur tooth gets better, then starts throbbing again, depending on how swolen n sever ur tooth is. Take out the cotton ball. U can deff smell that damn infection on it XP. Rinse ur mouth again with w/e ur routine is, and repeat! Now if ur pain is sever u can use the pain med up one again, but id try n space it out. Use the plain salt water cotton ball, and insert it again for 30min to hr.
Do this alllll day, and itll slowly but surely draw the infection out.

I rly hope this helps. My heart gos out to anyone going through this! Thank god for this website! Its a life saver

Submitted by Gardendiva

I placed a warm tea bag on my abscess. My Dad told me the tea's tannic acid helps reduce the swelling and is an antibotic. It worked as the abscess' swelling reduced, I was able to 'suck' blood from the affected area, and the pain subsided. I also took ibupropen for the pain, chased it with a shot of teqila and went to bed with the tea bag tucked around the abscessed tooth. The next morning the area where the abscess was, there was a 'hollow' feeling where the abcess was. Thanks Dad! This works for styes too!

Submitted by AspenDental02780

Abscessed Tooth 101.

Rules of the game.
2. garlic,
3. clove oil,
4. Advil,
5. keep hydrated,
6. don't use heat,
7. keep your mouth very very clean,

So after going from page to page, and seeing some honestly scary advice, people taking steak knifes, and tooth picks, needles to a pus filled infection is honestly the worst thing you can do.


When you rupture the inflamed soft tissue, the pus is released and you will feel better. However you have given the infection everything it needs to go from a dangerous infection to a deadly infection.

Over 300,000 people a year die from doing dumb stuff like this... it's not rare, and one of the major things we see in the e.r.

If you're in a bathroom trying to 'sanitize' stuff to poke a hole you are so far off its not even funny.

Please, again, listen... do not puncture it at home, you are not smart enough to defeat 3 million years of evolution, the infection is going to win.

How to reduce pain until you can have the tooth extracted or a root canal done.

The infection wants heat, oxygen, minerals.. It's all about layers.

First take Advil, NOT Aspirin, or Tylenol. We want to reduce inflammation not increase blood flow. This is the first mistake a lot of people make.

Second, use a cold press, NOT a hot press. Again people will feel more pain lose using heat, but whats happening is your expanding the tissue allowing the infection to move to new areas. You want to contain it and fight it head on.

Be smart, not stupid.

Now, if you have an abscess you need antibiotics asap. Amox, Chem, etc, sometimes it takes one kind, not anther, and will take anywhere from 48-96 hours to effect giving how hydrated and healthy you are..

After you get your antibiotics, you can start the home remedies...

Minced garlic in oil, big plop of it on the gum, 10 minutes... you will be a happy camper, don't use garlic you need to cut.. it will take far to long to release the various chemicals mother nature put in garlic to help inflammation...

At this point, you have

Advil, antibiotics, garlic on the soft tissue.

Still in pain?

Don't lay down, keep your head elevated and move onto black tea. Black tea, right out of the pack, some water, press it against the cheek and abscess area and watch a tv show.

At this point the pain should be dull enough you can sleep, or at-least function. Try to man/girl up and don't bother the ER unless you are shaking in tears...

Last, Get to the dentist. No money is not an excuses, nether is being afraid of that chair.

You need the tooth extracted.

Simple extraction with forceps: $183

Surgical extraction of erupted tooth
requiring elevation of flap and removal of tooth or bone: $300

impacted tooth – soft tissue: $341

partially bony impacted tooth: $423

completely bony impacted tooth: $522

removal of residual roots: $330

Each year people let these infections run a course and people die, they get dispirited and pop the abscess, they do anything they can except pay a dentist.

These people die at an alarming rate.

Sell a car, get a second job, third job, pawn a tv, borrow money, take out a loan, once the abscess is formed you have only a time frame of a week or two before it begins to get serious it can impact your life in the long term.

Be safe, toughen up, and use your head.


Submitted by AspenDental02780

A few of my patients have used this site for quick patches, and i wanted to check it out.

I want to make this very, very clear.


The fact i have to explain why means a lot of people are simply not thinking before they take action, and pain is a precursor for doing dumb things...

Ever stub your toe and then punch something in anger hurting your hand...
Idiots do this.

What is an abscess...
I will keep it simple, at the root of the tooth, sometimes in the gums soft tissue itself is a infection.

Infections feed like humans, they need oxygen, minerals, and time. When the infection over runs the body's natural defensive system it begins to spread laterally, or into the jaw itself, up the face, down the neck...

When you puncture the abscess at home, you have done exactly what the infection needs to stay alive and well.

You have also made the infection stronger, as the pus drains it will
feel great.. you will think... cured!

Take the rest of your antibiotics, and move on... maybe a few months later when the cash is around you will have the work done.


In the meantime, the infection now has more room, more bacteria, oxygen, minerals, and pathways for the infection to spread.

(please don't be dumb enough to think burning a needle or 'sterilizing' a tooth pick won't induce bacteria. You just put a hole in the gum.. and the human mouth has MILLIONS of bacteria, even after mouthwash... sorry scope fans, 99.9% of dead bacteria is still millions of bacteria.

At this point you have drained the abscess and feel good. One month goes by
and you get a fever. Your gum/tooth feels fine, but the fever gets worse.

Your now at the E.R, with a 103 temp, diarrhea, vomiting and massive pains threw out your body.

They admit you, and begin antibiotics after seeing the obvious septic blood..

Its too late, and the liver/kidneys begin to shut down.. your brain begins to swell. You are put in a drug induced coma. At this point you will most likely be dead within 72 hours of entering the E.R doors.

Over a needle to put in your infected gum.

Please, please understand i've watched people die from this, every year over and over people do this idiotic stuff and end up dead.

Stats, about 250-300,000 each year.


Get to a dentist, get antibiotics, get the tooth pulled, and let your body do what it was designed to do.

I know the pain is bad, but its not going to last for your entire life, death however does.

A tooth can be pulled at our office for $200-400 without insurance, sell a car, take out a loan, borrow money.. whatever it takes...

Submitted anonymously

You take an equal amount of baking soda and salt, get a cotton swab wet and make a paste out of the mixture. Take this and place it where your feeling the pain. leave it there for as long as you can stand it.After a while(as much as a day a pus blister will form. Sterilize a needle and lance this blister. The pain relief is instantaneous. This has worked for me a few times.

Submitted by Clay

A few years ago I was in a car wreck, where a few of my teeth snapped on the front end of a f350. Sadly due to other injuries sustained I lost my job, medical, and dental. I get an abscess every now and then.

I've found a few things help, albeit only temporary. Ibuprofen, is a good thing to take. Reduces swelling and may dull the pain, I also take garlic capsules (garlic contains a natural Anti-biotic) even when I don't have an abscess. Using either a warm water compress helps with swelling and may help with the pain, you can also use a rice bag compress. Since I found this thing I fell in love. Some health stores may have them or you may have to do some hunting around. When it came to my worst pains, packing between the lip/cheek and gum with salt can help, after you do this however drink water.

I know how bad it is when they spur up real bad and you can't sleep or you wake up in the middle of the night in sheer agony.

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