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904 Home Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

Pamii D

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.

Feeling Relieved

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.


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!


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!


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.


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


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

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