I have a broken tooth, and was in severe pain not even an hour ago... i tried ibuprofen, fioricet that I have for a recent head injury, orajel, salt water, vanilla extract and bread. What FINALLY relieved the pain was placing a dry teabag on the area, biting down and putting a hot towel on my face. Seems to have worked! No pain right now, but if it does start up again I will get a teabag!
Oh, I feel bad for anyone going through this pain. I have had several abcessed teeth over the years and the pain is truly unbearable. Of all the different kinds of pain there is, abcessed teeth has got to be one of the worst, if not the worst. Here are some things that have brought me temporary relief.
Cold..either applied directly to the tooth or held to the cheek. Helps with pain, but the downside is that sometimes the pain will come back even worse when you stop applying ice.
Hot..a warm heating pad or bean bag heated in the microwave can also relieve pain, however I have heard that heat can draw the infection deeper into the cheek and jaw which is not such a good thing.
Rinses with either saltwater or good strong mouthwash can provide relief at the onset of an infection, once the infection is bad and the pain is constant than these rinses don't help much.
Clove oil..oh yes! this one does help with pain a great deal. It tastes terrible and it burns the tongue and lips. It can also be difficult to get it directly into the tooth, but it's worth working at because it really does numb the area completely.
Sleep in a sitting position whenever possible. For some reason the pain becomes even worse when trying to lay down. A recliner is great if you have one. I don't have a recliner anymore so I just have to kind of prop myself up in bed. Problem is that once I fall asleep, I will lay down and the pain will be back.
Teabags..this works too but I have always found it a difficult item to work with. It's hard to get the bag into the correct position and when I finally do, I am uncomfortable and drooling. Worth the pain relief though.
Finally when all else fails, get prescription antibiotics if you can. Normally they take 24-48 hours before you will feel relief. One way I have found to speed this up, is that instead of just swallowing them like a pill, I a pill up and then hold it in my mouth, allowing it dissolve directly into my tongue and gums. This seems to work because I usually have total relief within 12 hours.
Lastly, we are all going to end up at the dentist at some point. Dental infection cannot be completely destroyed with either home remedies or even prescription drugs. A little infection always hides within the tooth where antibiotics cannot reach. As soon as treatment stops this tiny little infection will start breeding, until eventually it will rage out of control again. For some people this happens within just a few weeks of treating the initial infection and for others it takes many months before the pain returns. But it will come back and often times when it comes back it is resistant to treatment and much more painful, so please try to find a way to see a dentist if you can.
Thanks to our 'lovely' government officials that decided that we no longer need dental insurance even though an abcessed tooth can kill you(and they still pay for breast reductions)I am stuck with my screwed up teeth that get infected at least twice every three months. I found this site and now I don't feel alone that in itself helps. A tea bag helps but I also use just plain baking soda and you wouldn't believe the relief I got. Everyone is different so each person needs to find the remedy that works for them. I hope that this helps at least one person out there. I have had so many infections I lost count and am hoping our government comes around before it kills me. Thank you:)
Tooth ace pain relief/ inflamed gums or infected/abscessed tooth remedies: Witch Hazel (Astringent) ~FamilyDollar: for relief of Minor Skin External Irritations. Take a q-tip or cotton swab & dip it into the liquid: apply directly on the swollen or affected area. (In this case the Gum's surrounding the effected tooth. Takes the pain away straight away. (the bottle I have is 14% alcohol)-apply as needed. but avoid swallowing. Its for external use only, but if applied as described above, it took the pain away, for hours.
Walgreen Pain Reliever: (Aceauminophen)Fast release quick gel caps (500 mg each). Take only 2 gel caps every 4-6 hrs as directed. It definately dull's the pain, but will effect your liver if taken for an extended time.
Flush with warm salt water as often as possible.(salt is a Natural antibacterial).
Poultice/Compress: minced garlic or pressed fresh & (any type of tea leaves or tea leaf blend) or cold tea bag (soak in cup of water to soften)if you don't have cold use a reg tea bag soaked in warm water, remove from water, squeeze out excess water. Open Tea bag remove tea, mix a small amount w/garlic (natural antiseptic) taken out of the tea bag (keep the rest or later use as you will want to make another compress/poultice: mixed together & rolled a pre-cut to size piece of gauze to fit between the check & teeth,('rolling paper size' works well). a small amount folded flat will to fit the roof of your mouth and gum's. If you don't have gauze but have tea bag, some have 2 compartments which can be cut in 1/2 and fit better into you mouth. Tea has natural components to heal. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic /antibacterial.
In my case the one on the roof of my mouth & another poultice packed on the other side of the tooth, in between the cheek. (upper moler was effected) applied for 1/2 hr at a time. Let the air get to your gums to heal the healing process.
late sat afternoon I took a clean rubber tipped tooth cleaning tool (and after the pain killers had taken effect) but the pressure was there, I poked the rubber up between the teeth, into the gum area, It was a bit painful but I had released the presser of the abcess and over the sink spit out the bloody infectious liquid which was released. I wasn't expecting this but I got instint relief and with the warm salt water rinsed, flushing around the mouth. Again, pressing the rubber tip of the tool deeper into the gum area, then, gargling and flushing it out, SPITTING OUT; again reapplying the rubber tipped device to push out much the infection. If this is swallowed it will spread in your body!!
I was able to spit out the infection and blood till it stopped and spit out clear and clean. It was painful but also a relief!!
I then brushed my teeth w/ a baking soda paste (can be homemade as well).Reapplied lightly the Witch hazel to the inflamed and sore area, it numbed the pain on contact!
I began having pain mid Friday, throbbing pain all night, by Sat.afternoon I keep the Gel Caps going and by evening I was able to take a nap and lightly applying the Witch Hazel. (its a liquid with alcohol)form as referred to above.
Alternating with warm salt water flush & spitting it out. I have been alternating remedies to help get rid of the infection. I only put the poultice in my mouth for a 1/2 hr at a time. Also having a spit cup and wash cloth handy. (It's very nasty tasting & uncomfortable).
It worked before, then lapsed my regular brushing and flossing ritual of clean my mouth maintenance; coming back worse months later (my present condition).
Additional remedy is Apple cider Vinegar put 2 teaspoons in a cup of water before every meal drink it down. (daily as a preventative and internal cleaner and body health maintenance. I found this in and (old Vermont folk medicine book written by a doctor, recommended for animals and people) Apple Cider Vinegar is a good source of Iron,and other trace minerals & Vitamins. It the apple a day in cider form blended with the vinegar. Natural preventive and can cure internal infections, is some of what I read.
Another natural antibiotic is Iodine, can be found in a dropper bottle~Organic
Liqui-Kelp (natural Iodine daily supplement I have had on hand, 2 drops (stronger if needed) in water should help clean the infection as well.
Good luck to all of you, with what works for you, as we all know, its a big red flag something is wrong, and I want to keep this tooth if possible, before the infection could damage or kill the root. 'The End' by ManyMoons
Eat some raw garlic....i have been pain free for 2 days now....the one advil pm i took 2 days ago could not possibly be keeping the pain down... red gumline and swelling definitely subsiding...caution raw garlic will burn your mouth so put it in sugar or honey first...and thanks so much to my childhood dentist you sadist. I tried salt water, peroxide, orajel, et cetera but garlic really has done the trick..
I've tried just about all of these remedies! Nothing the Tylenol and advil..putting a peace of onion has worked for me..can't be leave I actually did it..but mouth pain is so unbearable I'll try anything! It does work..my dentist told me drinking coke cola is the worst soda u can drink..I drank 12 pack less 2 days no more fore me..
Hey Everyone... I Have Been Having Horrifc Pain Since Last Sunday Night. I Just Like Ashley Have been Having Major teeth problems since I Had my son in 2000. I also have not done meth but my teeth lake dr's think im an addict. So I Have been in insufferable pain for like a week. I wanted to rip my carotid artery right out of my neck. I went to the er twice for a nerve block sunday 2am and 630 am. went to dentist monday morn... paid cash (again i have no dental insurance). they did an xray, charged me $125 and said they wouldnt remove my teeth til dec9th. great right. so i have been eating vicodin es like candy along with clindimycin 300 4xday. you would think after 3 days pain would subside well no. I have been vomitting from the pain meds and not getting much relief not to mention no sleep and a cold on top of it lol. so friday night sleepless again i came online and found this site. read posts for hours. was going saturday to buy a new car and knew id be fighting with some tard over prices etc so i decided to try the tea bag deal. Unbelievable! i kept it in for 15 min and no pain since! all the hardcore meds i was on and all week of pain and a simple teabag took it away! I will never forget this and i feel for everyone on here its a nightmare i wanted to die. i am still going to have teeth removed but i hope the next person up late with pain tried this. i also went out and bought a bottle of jd but i havent needed to try the alcohol nerve killing thing lol. good lock to all... and hope u stay pain free!
I just recently found this site this morning, and i was reading some of the posts about extreme tooth pain.
i read about the vanilla, and clove, and lime, and all this other stuff. and someone said rubbing alcohol. well, i dont know about you guys, but i have a bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol (everclear) layin around, and i just swished that for about 30 seconds, and it seemed to dull the pain pretty substantially. it was bad, man. like horrible. I had to leave work 3 days in a row cause i couldnt take it. dont have health, or dental, or $2345098723 to spend at the dentists office. gotta figure something out. home remedies only take you so far.
Take 2 suphedrine pe for sinus headache. You can get these at Walmart, and they help with pain and pressure.
Take 2 Ibuprofen
Wash mouth out with Vodka. Hold it in there as long as you can. It numbs the area, reduces pain. And its fast!
If you are experiencing an abcessed tooth you will eventually need antibiotics. I'm a medical assistant at an urgent care n see ppl in great dental pain. I've been there. I actually ODed on accident on tylenol trying to kill the pain with no relief. When I FINALLY got to the dentist the dental assistant told me to try whole cloves in my gums if the horrible situation ever reoccured. Unfortunately it did :( but this time I tried her suggestion. And it WORKS better than all the over the counter pain killers you can get. Just buy whole cloves from the spice section. The look like tiny brown flower bud bases. Which is exactly what they are. I break off the spiny edges n stick then in my gums near where they are hurting. Subconsciously I've learned to associate the taste of the cloves with pain relief as well so its double the reaction. I hope this works for anyone that happens upon this link in their desperate attempts to kill the worst pain known to man- DENTAL PAIN! Good luck!