Toothaches can be so painful that they are debilitating and interfere with your daily life. Although teeth are usually thought of to be strong, they are not invincible. Chewing on something you should not be or something hard can cause damage including chips and breaks. When this happens, you can not only experience pain but severe sensitivity as well due to the exposure of the nerve. You can also cause your tongue or cheeks to become irritated or sore because of rubbing against any sharp pieces left behind by the break. Often times, you call your dentist and they are not able to see you right away. Thus, while you wait for their professional help, these remedies can be used at home to help soothe the pain temporarily and bring relief until your appointment.

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1. Dental Cement

You can find dental cement at your local drug store. It usually comes as a paste or tacky substance that can be applied in and over a cracked tooth. This is especially helpful when you are experiencing pain because of an exposed nerve.

How to Apply:

Follow the included instructions for use that come with the product.

Why Does It Work:

This product will cover exposed nerves to stop it from coming in contact with things that can make it very sensitive. It can also help you avoid getting food and other substances into the broken area that can cause infection and further broken tooth pain.

You can use this remedy with others on the list successfully. Try a pain relieving remedy and then use this one to help protect and avoid re-initiating any pain.

2. Garlic

Garlic can be a strong flavored broken tooth pain remedy that may be hard to palate but can give you great relief from broken tooth pain. You can use it in any form including whole, oils, or powders. As a plus, garlic may be something you already have in your home. If not, it is very inexpensive and easy to find.

How to Apply:

  • As oil, you can take a dab of it onto your finger or a cotton swab and gently rub it onto the gum area of the affected tooth.
  • A fresh clove can be removed from the skin and then placed against the tooth. Hold it there for a few minutes until the pain subsides. You can leave it applied for up to an hour if you find it isn’t uncomfortable. If the broken tooth pain is back later, you can repeat this process with a fresh clove.
  • Minced garlic can be mixed with some honey or olive oil after it has been allowed to sit for a few minutes. Use the mixture on the painful area and leave it for about 15 minutes. If you still find the flavor to be too strong, you can very lightly sauté the garlic before creating the mixture.
  • Garlic sliver. Wrap a thin sliver of garlic in a coffee filter and place it against the tooth.
  • Powdered garlic may be more easily used by someone who finds fresh garlic to be too strong. To use it, mix half a teaspoon with a few drops of olive oil to create a paste and gently apply it to the area for about a half hour. You may gently rinse it out with warm water or simply swallow it.

Why Does It Work:

Garlic is often suggested as a powerful pain reliever because it produces allicin. Allicin has terrific anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can get immediate relief in some cases when you apply it.

3. Warm Salt Water

A quick and easy remedy is to create a rinse using warm salt water. It will not only help relieve pain but it will also promote a clean environment that bacteria cannot flourish in.

How to Apply:

  • Take a tablespoon of salt and stir it into a warm glass of water.
  • Gently swish the solution around in your mouth.
  • You can hold the rinse on the side of the painful area for a few minutes to help with the pain.
  • Spit out the mixture when you are finished. Be sure not to swallow any of it since you want the bacteria that is now caught in it to be removed.
  • Repeat this process several times a day especially after meals.

Why Does It Work:

Salt will help keep bacteria at bay and stave off any infection. Therefore, using it as a rinse is helpful to keep the area clean and free from food particles.

4. Tea Bag

Tea can be a method you can use to relieve swelling and in turn minimize pain.

How to Apply:

  • Steep a bag of tea in hot water as you usually would.
  • After a few minutes, remove the bag and allow it to cool to a warm temperature.
  • Place the bag against the area and hold it in your mouth for several minutes to allow the tannins to take effect.
  • Enjoy your cup of tea.

Why Does It Work:

Tea often contains tannins and antioxidants that will help with numbing any pain you’re experiencing.

5. Ginger

Ginger has the ability to relieve pain and is edible. Not only that but it is likely already in your home making it very convenient. Many like the taste so it isn’t something offensive to your taste buds either.

How to Apply:

  • Slice a decently sized piece of fresh ginger root and place it in your mouth.
  • Firmly bite down on it using a tooth near the broken one to release the juices it contains into the right area.
  • You can leave the piece in until it is spent and then throw it away.

Why Does It Work:

Ginger contains a plethora of antibacterial benefits that can help keep infection away and promote oral health. It also has pain relieving qualities that have been used for all sorts of ailments for centuries.


Oral pain is no joke. It can be so severe that you cannot function normally through your day. Until you can see your dentist, try one of these remedies for temporary relief and oral care.

What is your most effective remedy for broken tooth pain? Please leave any other helpful hints and tricks to help others seeking relief.