If your dentist has recommended a root canal, you might be concerned about the pain you'll experience afterwards. This is particularly true if you try to avoid painkillers. If you prefer to avoid painkillers, you should know that there are some simple ways to dull the pain of a root canal. The natural pain relief methods provided here will help keep you comfortable while you recover from your root canal.
Go For the Clove Oil
You may experience a significant amount of pain for the first few days following the procedure. You can dull the pain by applying a generous amount of clove oil. Clove oil works well as a natural antiseptic and painkiller.
Saturate a cotton ball with clove oil. Place the cotton ball between your gums and the side of your mouth. Leave the cotton ball in place for about five minutes. If you'd like, you can also use your finger to rub clove oil directly onto your tooth.
Reach for a Sock
Heat is a quick way to reduce the pain and swelling associated with a root canal. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to use a full-size heating pad on your face. That's where a homemade heating pad will come in handy. The best part about this heating pad is that it's small enough to take with you if you move from room to room. All you need is an old sock and some uncooked rice or beans.
- Fill an old sock with uncooked rice or beans.
- Tie the top of the sock.
- Place the sock in microwave and heat on high for two minutes.
- Remove the sock and place it on your cheek over the painful tooth.
- Reheat as often as you need.
Chill the Pain
Ice can also reduce pain and inflammation. However, ice cubes can be uncomfortable against your skin. These homemade ice packs don't freeze solid, which means they'll form to your face.
- Fill a resealable plastic bag with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.
- Place the bag in your freezer for about 2 hours.
- Remove the bag from the freezer.
- Squeeze the bag to combine the solution.
- The liquid should turn into a soft, slushy consistency.
- Refreeze as needed.
A root canal can be painful, especially if you're avoiding painkillers. Don't suffer through the pain. The easy-to-follow methods described here will alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with a root canal. if the pain doesn't go away, or it becomes more severe, you'll need to consult with your endodontist.