Jun 10, 2016
What Is a Dental Extraction?
Natural tooth extraction or losing a tooth at a young age is quite natural and common and is little more than an indicator of growing up. However, as an adult tooth extraction is generally more invasive and progressive. A dental extraction performed on an adult typically involves the pulling of a tooth or teeth for a number of reasons. Likewise, such a procedure can be accompanied by additional mouth pain and oral health concerns.
Generally, tooth extractions are completed when a tooth is damaged so badly it is beyond repair. Additional reasons for dental extraction include overcrowding in the mouth, infection in the tooth or root, risk of infection or periodontal gum disease.
General tooth extraction pain can range from mild to a bit more severe; however, medication and treatment can help prevent too severe pain. Common symptoms of tooth extraction include site tenderness, slight swelling and possible bruising, particularly with the removal of wisdom teeth. Additional symptoms may include jaw stiffness or soreness and general pain that persists for several days to a week. If pain continues or intensifies past this point, may require the dentist’s or surgeon’s attention.
Tooth Extraction Pain Remedies
Individuals are generally sent home with intensive pain killers following a dental extraction; however, these are often strong medications and may be hard on the system. Many natural options can offer relief for tooth extraction pain. Applying minced garlic to the extraction site periodically relieves pain while rinsing with diluted apple cider vinegar cleanses the mouth and the wound, eliminating any bacteria and reducing pain. Clove oil and tea tree oil can also be used to relieve tooth and gum pain when applied directly to the pain site.
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Remedies for Dental Extraction Pain
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
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Posted by Gardengirl (Gallatin, Tn. Usa) on 03/17/2013
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!!!
Posted by Summer (Fukouka, Japan) on 12/25/2011
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
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Posted by Leah (Friendswood, Tx, United States) on 09/12/2009
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.
Posted by Ashamed To Admit It (Everywhere, Usa) on 04/24/2013
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.
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Posted by Tahera (Pune, India) on 03/22/2014
Hi! I had to extract 2 of my upper jaw wisdom teeth in June 2013 as they were next to my sinus membrane n were troubling me in form of giddiness n weakness. Ever since the extraction, my nerves are totally disturbed n I still have d pain of the wound due to d extraction though it is healing slowly. My dentist has said it would take at least a year to heal. In the meantime there aren't any medicines for it. I wanted to know if there are any home remedies which can soothe n heal d nerves faster. Best wishes
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Posted by Ruth B. (Muskoka, Ontario, Canada) on 06/10/2016
After having a very difficult extraction of two wisdom teeth growing sideways, my dental surgeon told me to take pain killers before the freezing came out. Since I don't take pain killers, I sliced a thin piece of garlic and placed on both extraction stitched wounds as the pain became unbearable. First it burned slightly, then the pain lessened so I did not need to take pain killers. I continued to replace with fresh garlic slices for a couple of days. The healing process was also unbelievably fast. The dental surgeon couldn't believe the results.
Posted by Andy (New York City, Ny) on 02/08/2012
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.
Posted by Sk (Redmond, Wa, U.s.a.) on 06/08/2010
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.
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Posted by Anonymouscat (La, Ca) on 01/31/2013
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.
Posted by Kaio (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 09/30/2009
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!
Posted by Andrea C (Wales Uk) on 07/01/2014
I had surgery to remove a previous root filled tooth that had fractured vertically. As soon as I got home I applied a teabag (must be a BLACK tea bag) WITH CLOVE OIL APPLIED TO THE TEABAG FIRST.
And had 4 grams of vitamin C every 6 hours and 4 drops of propolis tincture 50% 3 times a day.
I also took Paracetamol 2 six hours apart and only had to take four yesterday. 2 six hours apart after the operation as soon as I felt the anesthetic wearing off.
Then another 2 at 3am when I awoke. The propolis I added to a WARM cup of Red bush tea and drank it through a straw which stops the propolis staining your teeth.
DO NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW AFTER DENTAL EXTRACTION!!!
Just add to warm water or tea and drink from a cup. I was trying to avoid getting anything in the socket and was NOT advised about this, I found it on the web.
I got up at 3am in pain and did the propolis again through a straw and a big long blood clot was hanging from the socket right after.
I was then trying to find what to do about the blood clot and came across 'Dry socket'. And thought I was in trouble IF THE CLOT CAME AWAY.
I then put another teabag to hold the clot in the socket and couldn't find anything on line as what to do about the hanging clot. So I rang a dental NHS Direct who gave me an emergency number to ring and speak to a nurse.
She told me to take the tea bag off as it was now 18 hours after the operation and the clot MUST COME OFF BUT DO NOT PULL IT OFF. It will fall off by eating and drinking. And it's all absolutely supposed to happen like this, as long as there is no bleeding and the clot had formed.
Then to leave it until 24 hours have passed by then do a salt in water warm rinse 4 times a day until you feel pain and swelling subside. And the brush teeth carefully avoiding the extraction site and surrounding teeth for a few days.
DO NOT SWISH..just hold the salt water over the socket until it cools and just let it run out of you mouth DON'T SPIT as this will put pressure and cause pulling on the socket.
So far I have minimal pain and some swelling but nothing too bad at all. And I believe doing everything before the anesthetic wore off was the key to keeping it minimal.
I also 'Earthed/Grounded' myself for an hour when I got home by laying on the grass on a Cotton towel. I only put my back and neck on the towel to stop 'Grass rash' and rested my head, arm's and legs on the Grass directly.
I will be 'Earthing' myself again today but for as long as I can, I have the book 'Earthing'. It states if you get 'flu symptoms' from 'Earthing, then rest up for the day and do it as soon as you feel better.
I did have a lot of joint pain etc from other stuff going on with my body but I am going to carry on as I can suck it up and do it.
And I did get 'Flu symptoms' for a day last week after 'Earthing' all day in the Sun by walking around barefooted. And then went out in the Rain and did it again in the evening for an hour.
So I just spent the next day indoors doing stuff and resting up and went to bed early. So for the next week besides 'Earthing' I am going to do the propolis 3 times a day and the salt water rinse 4 times a day and vit C 4 gram's 3 times a day for 5 to 7 day's.
The paracetamol I won't take unless really necessary and staying on bone and veg broth for a few days.
I have added fresh chili peppers, ginger, onions, garlic turmeric root black pepper and various fresh herbs as well. Thyme, rosemary, mint, I don't always completely strain mine unless I have to to eat it. But I will be avoiding eating any bits that are too chewy for a few days.
But leave the soft bits in. I also put a lot of raw butter on it as well and Celtic salt yum!!
Love Andrea C xxx
Posted by Janice (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/02/2013
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.
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Posted by Jillery (North America) on 12/03/2013 | 62 Posts
I read years ago that if you drink LOTS of pineapple juice (like a can a day) and take extra A&D prior to having dental work like a root canal there would be no swelling or issues. I followed this and have taken an hour off from work for a root canal and came back to work with no issues (as a teacher! ). I know it is best not to have to have these procedures but sometimes it happens!
Posted by Linda (Anoka, Mn) on 10/31/2012
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.