Tooth Abscess Pain Relief

Abcesses Are A Pain

If you’ve ever had an abscessed tooth or are currently suffering with one then you know that searching for tooth abscess pain relief can be daunting. The last thing on your mind when a tooth hurts is having to go to the store and hunt for a product that will actually work. This article acts as a quick reference for effective, temporary tooth abscess pain relief in the comfort of your own home.

Understanding Abscesses:

By definition an abscess is an accumulation of pus anywhere in the body (on our skin this is called a boil). In this case the tenderness, pain and infection is inside a tooth at the root.

There are two types of tooth abscesses, chronic and acute. A chronic tooth abscess begins as a throbbing tooth ache.

You may also notice a bubble near the tooth where the infection is draining. In either case, chronic abscesses may take months before the pain becomes unbearable, why which time there may be more swelling and spreading infection.

By comparison the acute tooth abscess begins to hurt a lot very quickly.

Swelling in the gum is quite common, as is painful chewing and heat/cold sensitivity. In some cases people with either form of abscess may have a fever (because they’re fighting an infection). They may also experience swelling in the cheek, near the temple, or under an eye.

The most common reasons for a tooth abscess are trauma to the tooth, tooth decay, deep fillings and bacteria that becomes trapped in a root canal.



A tooth abscess is a serious oral health problem that will require you seeing your dentist as soon as possible. In the interim, you can begin tooth abscess pain relief at home with a variety of simple items.

1. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3 times daily. This cleanses and the warmth often feels good on the infected area.

2. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the abscess lies. Chewing often increases pain.

3. Take an over the counter painkiller like ibuprofen

4. Put an ice pack on it. If you find heat hurts, cold will numb the area temporarily and help reduce swelling

5. Dot the base of the tooth and nearby gum tissue with alcohol like whiskey to numb the region.

6. Put fresh peppermint leaves on the tooth, leaving them in place for 15 minutes. Repeat 10 times daily. The mint helps bring the abscess to the surface and reduces pain.

7. Clove oil dabbed on the area has analgesic qualities. Alternatively Oregano oil acts as an antibiotic.

What Happens after a Tooth’s infected?

There are only a few ways to handle an abscessed tooth from a dentist’s perspective. Tooth abscess pain relief will only be achieved permanently if a person has a root canal or if the tooth is removed altogether.

While dentists will prescribe antibiotics and pain medication temporarily, that will only serve to decrease the infection. It won’t disappear without surgical intervention.
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