The pain of a dental extraction isn't just about the discomfort. Pain can put stress on the body that makes it tougher for you to heal from your dental procedure. The following home remedies for tooth pain and dental surgery side effects can help restore your overall health more quickly and reduce your pain symptoms.
"A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment."
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[YEA] 10/30/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Quite a few years ago, at this point, I was really having problems with this same thing. Believe it or not, it was my acupuncturist who fixed that issue. I would never have put this together but he explained that tooth sensitivity is related to stomach issues. He needled me for this and it took care of this! Now, when my teeth feel strange or are sensitive, I know it has more to do with my stomach than my teeth. I eat calming foods and never drink cold drinks as cold puts out the digestive fire and causes havoc in the stomach.
Hope this helps, Lisa"
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 03/17/2013: Gardengirl from Gallatin, Tn. Usa: "2 weeks ago, I had a wisdom tooth pulled, it would hurt and in that area it would feel hot. I started off putting minced garlic in the area and it stopped the pain, but 1 week later it still felt hot and too much garlic was making the gum raw. Thank-you for the vinegar idea, it worked and after about 3 days it is healing, no more hot spot. I mix about 2 teaspoons in a glass of water and swish it in that area... 3 times a day.... Feels great now!!!"
Clove Oil, Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 12/25/2011: Summer from Fukouka, Japan: "To: Mr Ted.... I have a question
I had a root canal done in a right upper tooth when I was 15 years old. Everything was o.k. Until I was pregnant with my daughter about 9 years ago. The gum was infected (around the area of root canal) a large pus from root canal was hurting my mouth. I was put on antibiotics twice during my pregnancy. My oral surgeon drained the pus after I gave a birth to my daughter. That was 9 years ago.
I began to have pain in the same area this summer. Once more I saw my dentist and he told me that I needed to extract the tooth. To make a long story short, I found a dentist who would do a re-root canal. He did a re-root canal for me this October of 2011 and put a new crown. His comment was there would be no guarantee that this tooth would last long. I thought he was saying to me indirectly that I need to extract this tooth eventually. My gum area was again started hurting about 2-3 weeks ago, so I put clove oil and tea tree oil in where I was hurting. Fortunately all my pain is gone and I feel that this tooth will last long. Do you think these oil are getting rid of my infection? I understand we cannot wipe out infection from root canal completely.
I really want to keep all my teeth including the one I talked about. Is there any other recommendation to keep the tooth other than what I am doing right now? (using oil) Sincerely, Summer"Replies
12/26/2011: Summer from Fukuoka, Japan replies: "I just want to add one more story. I have been applying clove oil in the area I used to have discomfort every night. Fortunately, I don't have pain but I started bleeding this morning when I was brushing teeth. Is is abnormal?"
[YEA] 09/12/2009: Leah from Friendswood, Tx, United States: "Hi, I had a wisdom tooth extraction which led to dry socket. It hurt so bad, the pain was unbearable. I couldnt get to the dentist because it was closed, so I went and bought some clove oil, VERY potent stuff. I wet the gauze with a little clove oil and water and bit down on it. It was extremely powerful and was very bitter. I left it in for about 20 seconds biting down on it and pulled it out. I swallowed the reminence of it and it was spicy and bitter. Well, after that, I waited about 5 seconds and it atarted to work. All the pain was gone. I recommend it to anyone with dry socket, although it is powerful, it will get the job done better thsn psin meds, which I also took along side of clove oil, like ibuprophen, and applied Tigers Balm to the outside of the face where more of the pain was, and it took away the swelling. You will have to do this a few times a day and clean your teeth before you do this."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/24/2013: Ashamed To Admit It from Everywhere, Usa: "Coconut oil in the diet has made life bearable from pain all day and night in numerous spots... Some ugly cavities and some broken crowns and some just seem to have sensitivities.
Gave up getting any more fixes, all the old ones failed and most recent work 2010, new crowns and fillings, ended up causing pain for solid year all day- everyday
12-12 to 4-13 Eat coconut oil in diet EVERYDAY and pain stays away... skip day or two and pain is back with a vengence."Replies
04/26/2013: Tons Of Dental Work from Pain In Patootie, Usa replies: "I think the system is failing myself after tons of dental work. After a mouth full of fillings that later required crowns that later needed root canals, that then needed pulled and then needed a partial that was done wrong and caused more tooth failure. Wow. The dentist that invented the root canal proceedure wrote a book called the root canal coverup. He is against the proceedure!
I have lost faith in the system and there are two books out there on how to heal cavities with diet. I was allergic to that diet but it was working for some people that gave testimony.
For me it will be an ACT OF GOD and be it unto me as my faith believes, because all other options have expired.
I did find an online denturist that helped me deal with my poorly made partial and helped me understand what I would have had to pay a dentist many appointments in time to tell me so I Could get to the bottom of my nightmare.
By odd chance I got a nice denturist that was retired came to my home and gave me a very fair price and made the most lovely denture to fill my face back out, due to the sunken look caused by the poorly designed and cheap metals that turned colors --- old broken partial. My dentist broke my partial and then blamed me for it. I had to file a claim and it was a messy mess. They refunded very little of the cost of a denture.
Never..... let them fix a broken denture, it will cause more harm than good.
Denturepro.com answers questions in a timely manner for FREE!"
02/08/2012: Andy from New York City, Ny: "Back in 1995, I had an awful pus on my gum that was painful, yet it was killing my tooth as well. To kill the pain, I washed my mouth with Listerine mouthwash, then I used a sharp pin as used in tailors. The pin was cleaned with rubbing alcohol, then I pushed the pin into the area of the pus and then pulled out the pin. Next, I squeezed the pus out from opposite side of the gum where the pus was sitting. This forced the pus to come out of the hole that was made by the pin. All of the infection then was gone.
Next, make an appointment to the dentist. According to the dentist, I had to get a root canal job done on that tooth. The root canal job only lasted less than one year. The following year, I had the root canal removed (very bloody procedure)!
As I completely had the next tooth became a bridge job. As to the root canal jobs, it is not worth the expense of pulling out the root canal if the tooth is so old and about to crack into pieces or has been drilled so many times, that it would soon fall apart anyway. Best is to pull that tooth, no root canal, and just do a bridge job or a new denture instead.
Never allow a dentist to implant teeth. This is very dangerous for the jaw bone, which my dentist has informed me when I asked about it. The jaw bone can break or crack from any implanted tooth, and also it can become infected, until death occurs. As new technology is advancing, find a dentist with laser technology rather than the old drilling the teeth as it causes pain, heat and cracks from so much heat and vibration of the drill. One of the best machines now is from Biolase Technology company. There is a search engine of dentists that use their equipment to find the dentist in your area. This is a painless dental technology, not like drilling. Go see it at their website. I am now using this type of dentist, and I can tell you it won't even make you nervous as with the noise of drilling and grinding the teeth the old fashion way. You will be laying down on the dental lounge instead of the old dental chair, no joke."
06/08/2010: Sk from Redmond, Wa, U.s.a.: "hello]
my name simi, i have a upper left molar tooth #14 which needs to be extracted surgically.The tooth structure is almost gone,one side of the crown has gone down to the gumline, one side is there. it has hole in it and has cavity. my dentists told me to go to a oral surgeon to have it removed. I am very scared,does somebdy hade the same problem. What are the possible complications i can face. Will it be a good idea to consult with a holistic dentists for this problem. since there is a hole in the tooth i have not been chewing from that side of the mouth for long now.i have heard of getting a hole in the sinus, so iam more reluctant, but iam not able to use left side of my mouth. Also the cavity in the pulp, i been doing oil pulling with sunflower oil atleast once a day. But i dont know if that will fix the problem. I think i cant certainely grow the tooth back. Does somebody has any advice for me. I been puting this off becz i am scared. Any help is appreciated.
06/11/2010: Dianna from Tx replies: "i have this exact same problem... except that my tooth is still alive... it doesn't hurt and the dentist wants to do a root canal and the put a crown on it and the cost will be 1,800!!! with the other work i needed this will just not be doable for me. so i started brushing my teeth with a toothpaste containing xylitol. this has worked so well my teeth and gums feel much stronger and i feel that i can leave it alone until i decide what to do. i know this isn't a cure - so to speak - but also massaging my gums has helped too."
06/12/2010: Carly from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "Hi Simi -
I am scared to death of dentists myself (due to a very bad experience with one as a child).
I am writing to reassure you - when you go to an oral surgeon they can put you into a twilight type of sleep, where you will not be in any pain or even care while they pull the tooth. An infected or rotten tooth can have a bad effect on your entire body.
I know it is scary. I wish you well.
Hang in there.
[NAY] 01/31/2013: Anonymouscat from La, Ca: "Magnets for facial area or brain is NOT suggested generally. That is what I read, in this book.
Inflammation, take Bromelain tablet and turmeric are amazing. I took Bromelain and arnica montana and drank aloe vera juice 5 days prior to surgery and I had an easy recovery."
[YEA] 09/30/2009: Kaio from Sofia, Bulgaria: "A big flat magnet. Very crucial is to be used only the North pole facing the skin. The magnet should be at least 1/2" tick. Use it as long as necessary, providing that only the north pole side is used!"
[YEA] 03/02/2013: Janice from Toronto, Ontario: "I've had a few sensitive teeth before, but recently a back molar, cause was crappy dental work, four days now I've been doing oil pulling with Sunflower oil, it seems to work, because my dentist who helped me with another sensitive tooth won't do anything for this one. Maybe it's because the needle I got in that tooth is linked to my cataracts because the needle touched the eye nerve and I was twitching for 3 straight months, not sure, but the oil pulling works. One friend said using coconut oil every morning made her loose teeth sturdy! 4 days now and it doesn't hurt as much, but it's only 4 days, and that's good...... the Colgate Pro Sensitive when I put that on I screamed, a friend's dentist told her that would ruin the enamel, on the waiting list 6 months to see this special dentist!
Oil Pulling, use Sunflower or Coconut 1 Tbsp. swish throughout the mouth 1st thing in the morning, rinse with salt water after spitting it out, and then brush your teeth, that's it."Replies
04/26/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "don't put coconut oil in your sink, tub, or shower or it will clog your pipes when it rehardens below 70? degrees and the plumber will have to pull the blob out of your pipes or your septic pump.... OUCH! Spit into a paper towel, napkin, or toilet paper and put in trash or burn in woodstove."
04/27/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "I spit my nasty oil into an empty plastic peanut container then wrap it into one of those cheap plastic grocer bags. It will proly wind up bursted in the landfill and incorporated into all the other nasties in the pit."
[YEA] 10/31/2012: Linda from Anoka, Mn: "I had the same problem and cured it in one week by drinking raw milk. It also worked for my 8 yr. old granddaughter and son-in-law."
[QUESTION] 09/18/2010: Tes from Wichita, Ks, Usa: "root canals
I had my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with biocompatible fillings in 2009. Since then several of the ceramic fillings have failed, causing me to have 2 root canals from the filling removals. Is there anything that can be done to save a tooth that has become sensitive to cold and now hot? I don't want to lose a third tooth. Also, my dentist informed me yesterday that in one of the root canals material migrated to my sinuses. He wants me to see an oral surgeon, at his expense, to have this material removed. Is there a drawing salve or rinse that I could use to break this material up and flush it from my sinuses? Please, please help me find a solution to this without resorting to surgery. I also fight high blood pressure and do not want meds as they do a number on my body. I have acupuncture every week, qigong and tai chi. I want to avoid western medicine at all costs."Replies
10/30/2012: Sc11 from Miami, Fl replies: "Hey Ted: I just got a filling this past summer about 3-4 months ago, I think. My teeth have always been sensitive to cold food, like ice cream and popsicles and cold fruits, but ever since my filling, my teeth have been extremely sensitive to both cold and hot foods, I can't even drink cold water the way I used to and the sensitivity I'm feeling is nothing like I had before. How can I get rid of this!! ??
I would not describe it as excruciating pain just more extreme discomfort and I can feel the nerves in my tooth screaming at me... If that doesn't sound painful! Please help! Thanks!"
03/29/2013: Bri from Roseburg, Usa replies: "When my teeth are sensitive, it is easily remedied with extra fermented cod liver/butter oil. Sensitivity is gone within a couple days."
12/28/2009: Blessed from Harare, Zimbabwe: "Hi Ted, I had a very difficult tooth extraction end of November, 09
Dentist cut through my gum to remove the tooth which was embeded in the gum- wisdom tooth, whose roots where pressing on a nerve near the right ear. He then stitched the opening.
Its now more than 3 weeks with no feeling of healing. I have been gargling with hydrogen peroxide, but unfortunately this seems to erode my gums resulting in sensitivity.
May you please advise me on what I can use to heal the wound and calm other teeth which seem to have been shaken during the surgical extraction process.
12/28/2009: Jamie from Lake Worth, Fl. replies: "Blessed, stop with the peroxide, use warm water and salt. I read recently, not sure where, that peroxide on an open wound is bad. I wish I could remember exactly what the reason was, I know that I am giving out ill informed advice. It just seems in this case it may be useful. Plus it seems it is not working. I do believe I was looking online for wound care for my dog. I also remember being supprised at this advice, thinking peroxide is good. Seems in an open wound it keeps the cells from healing. Hey its worth a try, right?
I am not anti peroxide, as a matter of fact I use it daily to brush my teeth with. A friend of mine recently had teeth extracted and her oral surgeon told her to use warm water and salt. She noticed healing within days, and was supprised at the lack of pain. Good luck and happy healing."
EC: Hi Jamie, this may be the post you saw on our site: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hydrogen_peroxide11.html#WOUNDS
07/18/2007: Dr. John McDonald, DDS from Cleveland, Ohio writes: "There is a problem using Hydrogen Peroxide on fresh wounds and cuts. The foaming action that you have been told is the 'dirt' being bubbled out is actually the destruction of the 'first responding cells'. the good guys. Destroying those cells is why it takes 30% longer for the wound to heal. The longer the wound takes to heal means more scaring will result. Remember your mom saying not to pick your scabs??? That it would cause a scar. She was right. The older you are, the slower you heal, and this results in more scaring. ALL recent wounds take up more solar radiation and this stimulates the 'tanning' cells. This results in an area that tans quicker than the area around the healed wounds. it takes 6 months for the skin to mature to normal thickness. If you doubt this take a look at the shin area of your leg. In the early exposure to sun will cause your old scars to tan faster. eventually the rest of the shin catches up in the level of tan. On you leg this is no big deal but on your cheek or chin it is. it will show every spring. So if you use a 50 sun block for 6 months you can avoid this livelong problem."
02/27/2013: Gardengirl from Gallatin, Tn/usa replies: "I had a lot of teeth pulled 1 week ago and pain was really bad from a wistom tooth pulled. I hate taking pain pills so I tried oil pullimg with castor oil... Really helped even jaw pain. Hope this helps!!!!"
03/02/2013: Janice from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Oil pulling with Sunflower Oil every morning may help. I've been using 4 days now with a sensitive molar as a result of a crappy dental job.
Swish in mouth 1Tbsp. 15-20 minutes if you can and spit out, rinse with salt water and then brush teeth. Lots of info on oil pulling on this site. But a friend said her tooth teeth became sturdy with this, I don't know how it works but it works!"
[QUESTION] 09/06/2009: Zulma from Stuart, Florida: "Healing after tooth extraction: One of my upper molars was extracted a month ago, the wound is healing very slowly, still open. I feel frustated and depressed, I've been eating only liquids, I lost 5 pounds. please help"Replies
09/27/2009: Luis from Cali, Valle, Colombia replies: "Yes Zulma: Oil Pulling, see all information in Remedies."
09/27/2009: Zulma from Stuart, Florida, USA replies: "After 2 months the wound is not healed. Any suggestions for what can make recovery faster?"
09/28/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "2 months is way too long to be waiting for a gum to heal after an extraction. Is it possible that there is still some tooth left or that maybe there is an infection of some kind keeping it open. I think it would be worth your while to visit a doctor. Your original dentist may not admit to having made a mistake. I haven't had a tooth extracted for a long time but I remember each one vividly and they always closed after a few days. Good luck."
12/06/2009: Chelsea from San Marcos, Tx replies: "Tricia is correct- 2 months is way too long to wait for it to heal. However others having pain may have dry sockets. If it has been more than a week, not sooner, it is safe to use clove oil for the pain. It can be put directly into the hole. It will sting at first but feel amazingly better right away. The doctor can administer this but it is easy to do by yourself."
11/26/2011: Anthony from Melrose Park, Il replies: "I have a crown place on number #2 that had a large filling. Now that crown is extremely sensitive to cool water and hot water. What can I do to treat this? thanks"
Root Canal Extraction Pain
02/07/2011: Noureen from Dhaka, Bangladesh: "My father mr. BARI, 54yrs old, had a root canal on the rt sided 2nd molar of lower jaw. After that he had severe sudden pain at the lower jaw which is sharp, sudden. Lasts for 2-3sec occurs 7-8 times day. The pain radiates to the cheek, eyebrow, forehead. Doctor had diagnosed it as atypical TN. He is taking gabapentin for 3yrs and allergic to carbamezapine. but for the last few days his pain is not relieving though he has incresed his dose of gaba from 600mg/day to 1200mg/day. now what should he do? should he go for a botox injection? if then will it be able to relief his pain forever?"Replies
02/09/2011: Slh from Lehi, Ut, Usa replies: "I had a similar pain to Mr. Bari after having a root canal. What was found was a very small extra root that had not be extracted during the root canal. My dentist had not seen it on his traditional x-ray, but a periodontist caught it with a more detailed x-ray.
Once the root was extracted the pain stopped."