Do NOT apply heat!
So, I have this tooth that I've ignored for years because of an unwarranted fear of the dentist, and it's kicking my butt now. All that's left is the root because over time, the crown has chipped away and the dentine (I think that's the stuff under the enamel) is just a big sinkhole into the tooth under the gums. I have had two kids (big babies, too) naturally and that was a cake walk compared to the pain I was in last night. I had been trying everything - heat, advil paste, clove oil - you name it, I tried it.
Anyway through a series of phone calls, my mother in law mentioned that an infection (like with an abcessed tooth) gets REALLY angry with heat, so I got the ice pack and boom! relief. Washed my mouth out with some liquor, spit that out (as you should because washing out with it fills it with bacteria), and tried to relax enough to go to sleep (which I did down some of that alcohol to help), but anyway, this morning I've felt great. Kept cold on the area, 800 mg of advil in my system, alcohol every couple of hours to wash it out, and when those options let in a little mild pain, I wash with hydrogen peroxide and then there's no pain at all again.
So, the big thing is: don't use heat. It feels great at first, but you're making the abcessed tooth worse. Use cold. And keep it totally cleaned out.
Do NOT apply heat!
I was up all night with a terrible toothache. I found this site at like 2am. I tried everything suggested and the only thing that worked for me was crushing up ibuprofen and making it into a paste by adding water and rubbing it on the tooth/gum.
A couple of months ago I lost a huge filling that really should have been a root canal/crown a long time ago. Its now pretty badly infected and incredibly painful. I read through many of the tips here and tried several, but I wanted to share one that I did not see posted here. (I did not read all 271 previous posts, so please forgive me if it's already been shared at some point.)
What I found to be incredibly helpful was taking some ground clove and putting it into Everclear, which is a liquor with a high enough concentration of alcohol (151 proof in CA—other states allow higher proof) to extract the essential oils from the cloves. It's important that the proof is >100 (>50% ethanol) so that the alcohol is not bound up in the water. Otherwise, the ethanol molecule cannot desolve the oils from the cloves with anything near the same efficiency because it already has it's hands full with the water, so to speak. I tried it with regular whiskey, and it was not nearly as effective.
This allows for very deep, penetrating relief. The alcohol seems act as a carrier for the clove oils, and this combination works far better for me than either clove or alcohol alone. I just dab a cotton swab into it, put it in my cheek, and enjoy the respite.
I don't know that a whole lot of folks have Everclear just lying about the house, so I'm not sure if this qualifies as a 'home remedy' or not, but it it works far better for me than any of the OTC local anesthetics with benzocaine, so if you if you are able to get to the store, you might want to consider the liquor/grocery store instead of the pharmacy.
Oil pulling, as suggested in earlier posts, is also very effective for me, and virgin coconut oil is, in my opinion, a very tasty way to do it.
hold vodka in your mouth for as long as you can. pain goes away within minutes!! also to stop the throbbing disolve 100 percent pure aspirin on top of the hole or infection area. this is a natural blood thinner and helps alot. clove oil, or colidial silver will kill any bacteria but read up on it first. dont drink, only hold in mouth then spit out. rinse afterwards. for nutrient packed fighting power use 100 percent flax seed oil to reduce swelling. be sure to use the flax with a protein based food.. flax can shrink cancer tumors, and yes a toothache swelled area also.
Try making a paste out of crushed Tylenol, Clove oil, and cayenne pepper. This worked for me even when Vicodin wouldn't.
I have a toothache that started yesterday evening (Friday) dentists is closed until Monday went to emergancy doctor I'm on antibiotics to kill the infection and ibuprofen to take down the swelling. Still have to visit the dentist as there is a crack or hole in my tooth where bacteria got in. In the meantime, Short term relief I gargled with Whiskey but this wears off. Just now I've a whole clove in my mouth on side of the tooth and pain has gone. BUT still go to the dentist no matter what
I have been suffering with abcesses on and off for around a year my dentists are like butchers I never had any of these problems until I had 2 fillings and now both teeth have abcesses on.
I looked on here to help find a remedy
however what has helped me is Propolis, it contains antimicrobial properties which apparently is a natural antibiotic, I started these yesterday and have been taking one every 4 hours it has taken the pain away, reduced the swelling on my gum, so far so good! I got these from Holland and Barrett and got the lozenge form, they taste really nice.
As well as being good for your teeth and gums it has many other benefits too!!
Im also taking along with it antifect tablets also purchased from Holland and Barretts these contain echinacea and garlic which im told also helps, yesterday I felt like death til I started taking these, they have been in my system for over 24 hrs now and I feel so much better.
Hope this helps
Two-Finger Tequila on a cotton ball applied to both sides of surrounding gums as well as the tooth itself..Hydrocodone 10mg/ 800mg Ibuprofen would not touch the pain from a dying tooth...tequila worked!
I used tequila because it is the only liquor in my house. I am sure anything with a decent amount of alcohol will work.
So i have a major hole in my tooth that it hurt so bad ild wake up crying and i have no insurance to go to a dentist and ive tryed every thing othet than going ot and trying to buy some oxys or something...
What i have found that works is takeing an ice cube and placeing it on the top of my hand (on the side that hurts) on the thin pice of skin between your thum and first finger it works for about an houer at a time for me
For any ladies out there (i don't know if guys can take these too?) i was having such bad pain that i took one Feminax (used for cramps usually) and it completely went away. Don't know if it was just by chance that this happened but it definitely gets rid of the pain for at least some time! x