Home Remedies for a Pulled Tooth

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When teeth are beyond fillings and root canals, one of the last measures a dentist will take to avoid pain and infection is to completely remove an offending tooth. Following the procedure, a patient may experience a range of symptoms that home remedies for a pulled tooth can ease.

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The Aftermath of a Pulled Tooth [1]

A dentist numbs surrounding gums and uses special forceps to pull out a tooth. Bleeding occurs, but plays an important role in the healing process. A blood clot forms to seal the hole left behind by the missing tooth. A patient is then given a wad of gauze to gently bite on to encourage a blood clot to form. The absence of a blood clot or one that has fallen out can lead to a condition called dry socket. Nerves become exposed, which is painful. Other complaints you may experience after a pulled tooth include:

• Sore or swollen gums
• Tight gums
• Swelling of the inside cheek
• Excessive bleeding and oozing
• Throbbing pain
• Itchiness in the gums

Pulled Tooth Home Remedies

To minimize the risk of infection and reduce pain after a tooth extraction, it’s important to adopt a healthy aftercare regimen. This means adhering to some of the following home remedies for a pulled tooth”

a) Massage:

Targeting ‘pressure points’ on the body may help relieve the pain of a pulled tooth. To ease discomfort, try massaging your earlobe on the same side as your pain. Some people have also treated pain by massaging the space located between the forefinger and thumb for about 10 minutes.

b) Ice:

Place a piece of ice on your earlobe or the space found between the forefinger and thumb (on the same side as the pain) to reduce soreness and discomfort of a pulled tooth.

c) Tea Bag:

A dentist usually instructs a patient to bite down on a piece of gauze to help stop the bleeding that comes after a pulled tooth. If this method does not seem to work, apply a moistened plain teabag directly to the site [2]. Tannins and other components found in the teabag help stop bleeding of the gums.

d) Saltwater Rinse:

The day after you’ve had a tooth pulled, begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water at least four times per day. This will dislodge any food particles, encourage healing, and help sterilize the site.

e) Relax:

After having a tooth pulled, there’s no room for running a marathon or staying overly active. The key to enhancing the healing process is to stay calm and minimize your activities. To achieve this, you must protect the blood clot that has formed in place of your missing tooth. Vigorous activities can dislodge the blood clot and slow healing – especially during the first 24 hours.

f) Aspirin and Salt:

Add enough water to make a paste out of four to five crushed aspirin and a dash of salt. Apply around your pulled tooth region and gently remove with a swish of water.

g) Ice Pack:

Swelling of the cheek or face may last for 48 to 72 hours after a tooth extraction. Fill a Ziploc baggie with ice cubes and press against the outer cheek to ease pain and reduce swelling. Alternate ice packs 15 to 20 minutes on and off immediately after having a tooth pulled.

h) No Straws:

To prevent excessive bleeding and encourage healing, do not use a straw when drinking liquids, as the suctioning action can hinder the healing process.

i) Vitamin C Supplement:

After having a tooth pulled, increase the rate of healing by boosting your intake of foods containing vitamin C or taking 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C on a daily basis. Vitamin C also encourages the production of collagen in the body, which delivers a protein material that aids in the formation of scar tissue.

j) Soft Foods:

Chewing could prove quite painful after a tooth extraction. Choose soft foods or filling liquids until gum tenderness subsides. Less-irritating foods include soup, applesauce, yogurt, sherbet, and even baby food.


[1] http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/St-Wr/Tooth-Extraction.html
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest, pg 328.