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899 Home Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

Submitted by Di (England)

I came to this page after having an abscess under a crown, which I believe often happens. I had considered going to A&E at 2 this morning rather than wait until 7am to book in with the doctor, as the pain was severe. However, before resorting to this, I thought I'd try one or two of the suggestions kindly made by others here.

Firstly, I used a tea bag, which gradually over a hour and a half gave some relief, but as soon as I stood up the pain increased again. Then I used a clove between my gum and cheek which didn't really have any effect.

It seems from what others have written that everyone responds differently to certain things. I use lots of natural/alternative remedies (and therapies) having experienced their power, so have a cupboard full of useful remedies. A couple of people mentioned colloidal silver (which can be used internally and externally as a natural antibiotic - although internally it needs to be used very carefully as too much can make you turn blue-permanently!) Anyway, I had a bottle so thought I would try it to rinse the abscess. The results, within 10 minutes were nothing short of miraculous!! No pain {what a relief!) and it feels as if it is not just masking the pain but dealing with the abscess infection too. The swelling is going down and I'm beginning to be able to shut my teeth together again. I felt human again straight away.

The other things that I took were Ibuprofen (don't take on an empty stomach, or you'll have more problems than just your teeth!) high strength garlic, echinacea and vit C (very effective remedies for fighting infection).

Another thing that has prevented me from sorting out this tooth is the fact that I've had a locked jaw for a month now and was waiting for it to unlock as the dentist wouldn't be able to get into my mouth to take the tooth out(previously it has only been locked for a maximum of a day). The abscess may be causing this prolonged locking but there may be other reasons too, which I'm looking into and trying different things.

The other things that have prevented me are the fact that I don't like to take antibiotics unless it is a real emergency because of the profound effect they can have on your body, and also my brother had two doses of Amoxicillin in quick succession and went into anaphylactic shock, which was not only life threatening but also left him with a chronic susceptibility to infection for the rest of his life. (I've already had one course a few weeks ago so am worried about taking another. I'll have to see what the doctor suggests).

I feel that I could easily go to bed and sleep now, but just wanted to share this with you. It's a good job we all have the internet - to research and find things out for ourselves. A lot of people would be in a sorry state without it! Thank you very much for your suggestions.

Submitted by dental worker

If you have an abcessed tooth, you need to see the dentist. No way around it. They have credit plans at most dental offices. Or, most county hospitals offer emergency dental treatment (extractions only) but they will not turn you away. They will provide you with antibiotics and some type of pain medication.(Usually).Kiwi Drug is an online site that sells various medications that are not readily available in the US (if you can wait 10-12 days).And they are a legit company. Used them myself. Good Luck.

Submitted by ABSCESSed&HURTING

Okay, i have to say 2 things, DO NOT DRAIN YOUR ABSCESS YOURSELF i know it's tempting and all, but it increases your risk for more infections, i suggest whatever pain reliever works best for you, checking into an ER or making an emergency dental appointment, they will tell you it's abscessed, and if you haven't had a root canal might suggest an endodontist(for a root canal), or an oral surgeon(to have the tooth removed)TAKE THE ANTIBIOTICS. also try hot and cold packs, may increase swelling, but who cares when it helps with the pain?

Submitted by Dee

I know that everyone is undoubtedly tired of reading this, but while home remedies are ok for quick relief, they're just that; quick, a stop-gap measure. I came directly to this site every time I had an abscess and used the tips gratefully, until the most recent time, when none of them simply worked. I had gone through 35 ibuprofen and 30 aspirin in the space of four days and it had virtually no efficiency by the time I decided to pull it together and get help. Like many of you, I don't have insurance, and I'm a 21-year-old college student who can't find a job and has been living with family since being orphaned at 16, so I was especially weary of the charges I'd end up with in the end. I had an abscess forming near the roof of my mouth, and tried to wait for it to go down with the usual treatments, but the misery won out, after my fourth night of waking up every two hours and popping endless pills, alternating between holding a heat pack or ice pack to my cheek and crying all the while.

Even if you don't have insurance/ it's a reeked and you can't go to the dentist, go to thr emergency room at the very least. A lot of places won't bill you until later, and if you're low or no-income (like me), they'll work out payment plans or even give you some forms for a waiver for that visit. Or, if you're lucky, they'll assign you a care worker who will help you get set up with insurance.

Either way, you'll get a prescription for antibiotic and painkillers, which isn't too expensive (without insurance, I only paid $29 for the two, and that's in California.) Call around to a few pharmacies, ask them how much they charge for each medication. Just don't let the lack of money scare you into not doing anything.

Submitted by cactuslover34

Hey there just reading all these posts and thought i'd add some input. I don't mean to advertise a commercial products but i have found a couple of staples to keep you pain free when it comes to Abscesses, cavitys, Periodontitis etc..
first off go to the drug store and buy some 'Ibuprofen' and 'Dr.Tichenor's Antiseptic mouthwash' The ibuprofen is for pain and inflammation (you can find it at 99cent store) the mouthwash was used back in the day to save soldiers limbs in battle so you know its good. then the next products i highly recommend are 'TheraNeem Organix Neem Therapé with Mint Toothpaste'
'With Supercritical Extracts of Neem Leaf and Neem Bark

*Made with Certified Organic Supercritical Extracts: Calcium carbonate, Sorbitol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Xylitol, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Supercritical Extracts of Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel)*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud*, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Leaf* and Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Bark*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Oil, Ascorbic Acid.'
its super minty and strong and does a good job of leaving your teeth clean and pain free long enough to catch some sleep. (get it online or healthstore/wholefoods etc.) Neem is actually an antibiotic, anti fungal, as well as immune system stimulator and has been used for thousands of years for oral care.

also try grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract and coconut oil pulling

there's a tincture at wholefoods made of california poppies valerian and chamomile that might be helpful as well i believe its called 'deep sleep'

I need to make another dentist appointment but in the mean time im trying to boost my immune system and keep my mouth clean

let me know if this helps anyone!

Submitted by shannon

For toothaches, absess pain, gum pain, any pain of tge mouth, visit your local walgreens, or cvs, check with any pharmacy type store, buy FIRST AID TOOTH ACHE MEDICINE. It has a red cross on it. I was pregnant with an absess and nothing helped, I tried everything under the sun. After using ambesol, orajel, aspirin, tylenol, etc. I came across this. It burns like crazy when you use it but after a few seconds its bearable and then youre numb. Its amazing! I was able to get through till I saw a dentist. Years later I had 13 broken teeth removed at once and couldnt use pain meds at work I used this and got thru a 9 hour shift the day after my surgery! It retails at approx 8 dollars!

Submitted anonymously

Several years ago, I read about a new migraine treatment involving licocaine (numbing) drops for the nose. It resonated because I used to get cluster migraines throughout the summer and fall.

Cluster migraines mimic toothache. They run along a cranial nerve route, affecting the eye, cheek, nose, chin and throat area on the same side. As can be the case with toothaches, I could feel where some of the nerve branches ended -- in the roof off my mouth and inside my nostril, above the flare of my nose.

Remembering the info about lidocaine, I bought the next best thing -- Orajel. I dipped in a Q-Tip and held it against the spots in my nose and in the roof of my mouth where the pain 'ended.' It worked! Numbing the pain at the ends of the nerves alleviated along the whole nerve path.

You can't actually touch the exact spots with the Q-Tip because the nerves aren't exposed, but you'll feel when you're as close as you can get. Hold the Q-Tip in place until the pain lessens, usually within a minute or so.

Note that this doesn't cure the infection, it merely numbs the pain. I ultimately lost a tooth once after mistaking an abscess for cluster migraine, which is how I know it works for toothache pain that radiates from the tooth's nerve. I didn't realize it was an abscess until drying puss worked its way out from between the tooth and gum.

Submitted by Beksta Bee

Today is oct 8th 2011. The past couple of days, I've been very uncomfortable with an abscess in my mouth & last night after not being able to stay asleep, I got curious & came here to read about some home remedies. Decided to try a couple based of frequency of mentioning & cost.

1st: baking soda/ salt paste-- a little bit on a qtip a little rubbing a few separate times & the infection was drawn out. Oozey, bloody, pus came out it was nasty and smelly but ohhhmaaaannn! The relief of pressure was amazing!

2nd: Red Cross toothache... like 8$ at Walgreens....PHENOMENAL pain relief... like a shot of novocaine! Feels amazing for hours & it was what eventually allowed me to sleep.


So that's what I did. I should still go see a dentist or maybe just go to the ER for some antibiotics since my abscess was smallish. But I'm going to wait a couple of days to see if it heals on its own first, as I dislike doctors and prefer to try to let my body do it's own thing.

Submitted by Dr L

Best home remedy is your telephone....dial your dentist for emergency treatment and/or antibiotics and analgesics. Infections in the face can have life threatening consequences if not treated promptly and correctly. Best OTC preparation for pain is an NSAID like ibuprofen (advil) or naproxen (naprosyn). After the completion of the emergency care, begin a routine of daily home care, prevention and frequent exams, cleanings and x-rays. Waiting until a tooth aches almost always results in a costly investment to remedy it...either costly to restore or costly to your health
in the long term if removed and not replaced.

Submitted by MD.Quinn

Pour some Hydrogen Peroxide (3% strength) into a cup of hot water and mix it 50/50, then swish that in your mouth vigorously for about ten-seconds, ...spit it out, then finish up by doing the same with salt-water.

Do your best to NOT swallow these, but if you do swallow a little, don't worry, it won't hurt you.

Repeat as often as neccessary.

This process actually helps KILL the infection and really helps numb the pain to a very mangagable level.

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