Congratulations! You just had a root canal in order to save a tooth. While getting this dental work done sure is a very smart move on your part to maintain optimum oral health, the fact remains that having a root canal can leave you in a great deal of pain once you’re out of your dentist’s office.
It’s very much likely for a dentist to have prescribed you with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in order to help put both pain and swelling under control.
However, every health-conscious person knows that popping an NSAID in the mouth can come with a bunch of nasty side effects and risks, especially if it’s taken in high doses for several days. Some of them include headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney problems.
All you ever wanted for getting a root canal was a nice smile and none of these things!
Looking for a way to lessen root canal pain without relying too much on an NSAID to keep other problems at bay? Read on. The following are some all-natural remedies for root canal pain.
Warm Salt Water
One of the simplest ways to attain relief from root canal pain is by gargling with warm salt water. All you have to do is dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle with this for a few minutes. Perform this home remedy twice or thrice daily to help lessen the pain.
All kinds of pain and aches can be remedied with an ice pack, and it includes one that is associated with having a root canal. In a small towel, wrap a bunch of ice cubes. Gently press it on the area of the check where there’s pain. Do this several times a day as needed. Refrain from placing ice cubes directly on your skin.
Relief from root canal pain may also be done with the help of a little onion juice. What you need to do is finely mince half an onion. Transfer to a piece of cheesecloth folded in half and extract the juice. Using a cotton swab, apply it on the affected area. Do this morning and night for results.
A Piece of Cucumber
You may also rely on a small piece of cucumber if you want to zap that root canal pain without taking lots of NSAIDs. Thanks to the cooling and soothing properties of a cucumber, your day can go as normally as possible. Allow a small piece of cucumber to stay in place for several minutes by gently biting on it.
Fashion a very small cotton ball and then dip it in olive oil. Slightly squeeze out excess and place it on the tooth that just underwent a root canal. You may also try using coconut oil instead of olive oil — many of those who underwent a root canal swear that it’s very good at easing the associated pain.
Black Tea Bag
Dunk a black tea bag in hot water for a couple of minutes, and then transfer to a small plate to allow it to cool for a bit. Once it’s no longer scorching hot, place the black tea bag in your mouth and right under or above the tooth that had just received the dental work. Let it stay there for several minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day.
Feel free to share this article online to let your family and friend who just had a root canal know how to manage the pain they are experiencing sans popping NSAIDs in their mouths every 4 to 6 hours.