I have found that Blistex does help with the pain and Abreva really does not help at all, save your money. I finally used Acyclovir which helped alot and I plan to try Lemon balm next time to see if that works any faster.
Place a piece of an raw potato in between your cheek and and the painful tooth i tried it and it kept the pain away for at least a week.
Rinsing tooth with warm epsom salts and making a paste on cotton to put on the tooth, works better then Ambsol, cuts the pain from the rince and the paste draws out the infection, always worked good for me
I tried 3 things, slat water swish....warm water plus 1 teas of salt, at least a cupful. I tried vinegar, whihc worked for awhile but burned my gums somewhat. and I tried hand massage, between thumb and index finger. the combo of all these things helped a lot, I didn't have to use ice packs today at all and I can sleep. If course, I still feel sick all over but am going to the dentist after the holiday in hipe he can help.
Garlic, Garlic, Garlic- I have an abscessed tooth and the pain just kept getting worse. I tried swishing with salt water, OTC mouth pain medicines, pain relievers, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, etc. BUT, within a minute after chewing a small piece of a garlic clove directly with my affected tooth, the pain is gone and the itching is gone. I'm waiting to see how long it lasts, but so far it's been an hour and no pain!!
I was afflicted with an abcessed tooth and was about ready to commit myself due to intense searing pain, I could barely speak or see straight from the pain... I tried alot of the remedies posted here, the baking soda, vinegar, salt water, hydrogen peroxide, vicodin's, ibuprofen, but what took the pain away was Jack Daniels Whiskey! I put a shot in my mouth and let it sit there for a few minutes and swooshed it around, then I took a cotton ball soaked in the JD and let it sit on the affected tooth and it took the pain away within 5-10 minutes.
I was looking for a home remedy for a tooth abscess and came a cross this site. I read and figured why not give them a try.
Here was my solution:
Combine 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 salt moisten a cotton ball or a small wad 0f TP or Paper towel mouisten and roll in the dry mixture put between tooth and gum. I repeated this a few times as the taste is a bit unbearable. In between my packing my mouth I swished around peroxide and also sucked on a t-bag. Mind you i started this at 1pm and by 7pm a head had formed on the abscess and i streilized a sewing needle and pricked the head and the abscess in now draining. I feel wonderful.
Not sure if it was one or all three of the remedies I tried but they work. Tonight when i go to bed I am going to suck on baking soda and salt to make sure i get the majority of the infection out.
Hope this helps.
I read every remedy on the page. I have had many problems with my teeth and have even had shots of demerol and morphine it's been so bad. Well, I can't afford another ER trip so here I am again in pain!!!! Orajel came out with a severe pain gel. It's new. Burns like hell at first but half the tube later feelng better. I still had enough pain I couldn't sleep so I tried pepper and salt water. Didn't seem to help. The new Orajel does it just takes about 15 minues which feels like an eternity, I know, it's 4am and I have to be up for work. Anyhow, I also took abot 3 Lortabs and the Orajel seemed to work better. My next suggestion... take Ambien. Atleast it might help you get some sleep til you can visit a dentist.
Rinse tooth with baking soda then crush one paracetamol tablet and pack the cavity.
Here is a home remedy that I used to battle a painful abscessed tooth and gum (with swelling in the cheek and lower jaw). I got the great idea of using a teabag from this site (thank you very much!), and I have added more specific information that may help someone else.
As others have mentioned, I too tried using ice, cold water, Ambesol, ice packs, heat, and probably a few other things. Nothing gave me any lasting relief. The steps below worked almost miraculously for me, and I hope they will work for others. Do not delay in combating any tooth abscess or gum abscess. An oral infection is a serious matter -- you should promptly seek medical help if you are unable to substantially diminish the swelling and pain within 24 hours.
What you will need:
Ibuprofen 200 mg -- 50 count (grocery/drug store). Helpful for pain and inflammation.
Lipton Cold Brew teabags (grocery store). Helpful for abscess drainage, pain, and minor sanitizing.
Crest Baking Soda/Peroxide toothpaste (grocery/drug store). Helpful for sanitizing area and some brief pain relief.
Nature's Way Garlicin 350 mg -- 100 count (health food store). Helpful for fighting infection, lowering fluid pressure, and some pain relief.
If Garlicin is not immediately available, you can use generic garlic tablets (grocery/drug store) as a less effective substitute until Garlicin can be obtained. You will have to use the equivalent of 1000 mgs more frequently until you can obtain the Garlicin.
1. Take 2 ibuprofen with water on an empty stomach. Repeat every 4 to 6 hours, depending on pain tolerance. Ibuprofen appears to me to be more effective on an empty stomach.
2. Apply a dry (make sure it is dry, not wet) Lipton Cold Brew tea bag between tooth and gum for 45 to 60 minutes. For better effect, lay down on non-swollen side with head slightly raised so the tea can soak over the gum and tooth (keep your mouth closed also). I tried both the dry and wet bag technique -- the dry bag technique worked the best for me. I used cold brew teabags, since I felt that the effect would be enhanced over hot brew teabags. It definitely worked for me.
3. After removing the (now mushy) tea bag, wait 15 minutes and then gently brush teeth with a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste. I have used Crest baking soda/peroxide toothpaste for years. It is very effective at keeping the mouth clean.
4. At least 1 hour after the ibuprofen, take 3 Garlicin caps (350 mg each). Repeat every 8 hours (if using a generic garlic tablet, repeat every 4 to 6 hours with 1000 mg equivalent). I use 2 Garlicin caps daily to help lower blood pressure. In the larger doses, it appears to be a fairly effective antibiotic. Garlicin is different from other garlic supplements -- it is not dissolved in the stomach, so it has no odor. It reaches the intestine and is released there, and you can usually 'sense' when it kicks in.
5. Apply a new teabag for same amount of time as before. Repeat as frequently as necessary to help relieve pain and/or reduce swelling.
6. Swelling and pain may begin to subside within 6 hours. Abscess discharge may begin within 12 to 24 hours. That is what happened with me. The swelling and pain were much lessened within 6 hours, and I was able to get a restful sleep. The main discharge started about 18 hours later when I was lightly pushing against my cheek on the gum.
7. If you notice any odd tastes in your mouth (probably abscess discharge), briefly brush teeth again and reapply teabag. The teabag will help to draw out any drainage. If the swelling and pain have gone down, you may also assist the drainage by lightly pushing against your cheek near the abscess.
8. Continue regimen of 2 ibuprofen every 6 hours and 3 Garlicin every 8 hours until all swelling and discharge are gone. You may be able to cut back on the ibuprofen dosage and/or frequency within 24 hours, but continue the full dosage and frequency of Garlicin until you are able to see a dentist. Continue brushing with a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste 3 times a day. It would also be a good idea to continue with the teabag regimen at least twice per day even after all swelling appears to be gone. There will be residual drainage over several days.
9. Consult with a dentist to start an antibiotic regimen and to subsequently make a decision on what to do about the tooth.
Do not assume that any lessening of swelling or pain means that everything is OK and you can stop the regimen. All oral infections are serious and can create problems in other areas of the body. If you do not obtain relief within 24 hours, get medical help -- a medical professional can prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for you.