Between the ages of sixteen and 25, most people find they have a few extra teeth pop in for a visit. Many people call these extra molars, wisdom teeth. Very few experience no issues with them since they typically will come in awkwardly or impact other teeth due to there being no space left for them to fit. Thus, when your wisdom teeth decide to come in, they may cause pain, swelling, and even damage to other teeth and root systems. In fact you may even experience wisdom tooth infection.
Your dentist will more than likely schedule an extraction to rid your mouth of those pesky and painful wisdom teeth. Until you get to your appointment you may still be looking for effective ways to manage wisdom tooth infection and pain. This article will give you some home remedies that may help with your wisdom tooth infection and pain.
Top 3 Ways to Cure Wisdom Tooth Infection and Pain at Home
Clove has been used for dental pain for centuries. It contains not only anesthetic properties but also antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial properties. All the things you need in the case of wisdom tooth infection and pain. Clove contains a naturally occurring component called Eugenol which is still a primary active ingredient in many modern dental treatments.
How to Apply
- Clove comes in many forms. You can use whole cloves that you can find on most grocery store shelves in the spice aisle. To apply, place a few cloves in your mouth near the painful area. Shortly, you will feel tingling as the anesthetic properties get to work in numbing the pain. This is when the Eugenol in the oils begin to seep from the clove. After a bit the clove will become soft and you may gently chew the clove to help release more oil. You can then dispose of the clove.
- Clove oil is also commercially available in many stores. It essentially works the same as whole cloves but without the wait. To apply, use a cotton swab or ball and soak it with some of the oil. Next, hold it on the area you are experiencing pain until you feel relief. You can dilute it with olive oil if you find the oil to be too strong for you to deal with.
- You can also use clove powder. Take a small amount of the clove powder and add a few drops of water to create a paste. Using a cotton swab, dab a bit of the paste onto the affected area.
A Word of Caution
- Although clove is considered generally safe when used in small quantities, it can complicate or cause liver and respiratory issues if you ingest it in large quantities.
- Thus, you should use this as a short term remedy to help you until you can get to your dentist to take care of the wisdom tooth infection or pain through an extraction.
The phytochemicals in onions have antimicrobial properties that not only can help relieve pain but can help control wisdom tooth infection. It also has been used to help with swelling due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The stronger an onion, the more potent it is and the better it will work. This is one food you might miss after you remove your wisdom tooth. Thus, yellow onions and other strong smelling ones as opposed to sweet red or white onions will work better. It just depends on what you can handle.
How to Apply
- Use a small knife to slice a thin piece of raw onion. Chew the slice using the teeth near the wisdom tooth infection. The juice will spread to the area giving you relief.
- If the area is too tender for you to chew the slice, take a small piece of the onion and place it onto the painful spot. Allow it to sit. Then, topically seep the juice onto the area for a few minutes. Throw the onion away afterwards.
- If the thought of holding an onion in your mouth that long is not your cup of tea, you can use the juice. Take a garlic press or something similar and squeeze the juice from the onion. Use a cotton swab to directly apply it to the area.
Another great item you likely have in your home already that contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is garlic. Garlic can help lessen swelling which often is what is causing most of the pain.
How to Apply
- Take a small clove of garlic and crush it. This will help the juice within to flow. Place the clove onto the affected area allowing the juice to reach your wisdom tooth infection.
- You can also create a paste that you can actually store and keep on hand for future use- or even cooking. To do this, first you will want to smash a clove under the handle of a knife. Remove the skin and end. Mince what is left. Sprinkle a bit of kosher salt which will help with creating a smooth paste. Smash the garlic mixture with the flat side of a knife several times until you get a nice smooth paste. You can then apply some of this paste to your painful tooth.
To the Dentist
Dealing with any sort of oral pain is no joke. This is especially true when you are experiencing wisdom tooth infection, swelling, and pain. Luckily, there are home remedy options you can put into play with items you probably already have in your home. These are not permanent remedies but can be used to combat pain until you can see your dentist. The only real way to rid yourself from wisdom tooth pain permanently is to undergo an extraction. Hopefully some of these ideas can help you find relief in the meantime.
There are many home remedies you can find for tooth pain, which have worked for you? Are there any other remedies that people who are currently in pain can use to help dull the excruciating tooth pain? Feel free to leave other remedies below.
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