Got Wisdom Tooth Pain? We Have 15 Solutions! (#10 is Insane!)

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Wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that generally come in the late teen years, are almost always painful. Since they are the last set of teeth, your mouth is most likely already full and these molars struggle to come out. Although most people go through their wisdom teeth eruptions without problems, occasionally there truly is no room for the new teeth. When this happens, your teeth are then referred to as being “impacted” and they must be surgically removed.

For most people, however, you just need something to get you by until those teeth fully break through the gums. If you want to avoid taking those over the counter pain killers, we have 15 natural remedies that people have used successfully to alleviate the pain and swelling from wisdom teeth.

Get some relief from those painful choppers and keep reading!


1. Lavender Oil

Lavender is well known for containing soothing compounds and is routinely used in aromatherapy to soothe both mind and body. Lavender oil can relieve pain in minutes. Apply a few drops of lavender oil to your fingertips and massage it gently on the cheek side where the tooth hurts. Do this on the outside, not inside the cheek. Take a few good whiffs from the bottle while you are waiting for the pain to subside. This should work in minutes, literally.


2. Garlic

You can use the anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic in one of two ways. First, cut the clove into a few pieces, wait for a few minutes to let the garlic build up its potent chemicals, then hold those bits against your tooth that aches. Alternately, if you can deal with the taste, just chew the chopped bits of garlic slowly and gently and allow the pain relief to wash over the tooth.


3. Salt

You can swish salt water in your mouth to help soothe the pain. Simply get one spoon of salt and dilute it in a cup of warm water. Use this mixture to swish around in your mouth several times a day for some quick relief.

You can also mix a few garlic cloves, crushed, with some salt for a double shot of pain relief. Put this paste on to your aching area.

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4. Ginger

Ginger is great way to naturally relieve the pain of a wisdom tooth. Cut a small piece of ginger and place it directly on the tooth that hurts. If you can bite down on this piece of ginger, slowly and gently.


5. Onion

This is another home remedy tested over the centuries. If you can’t chew it, simply place a piece of raw onion on the painful tooth. Yellow and red types seem to work better than white or sweet onions.


6. Cloves

Cloves contain eugenol, the active ingredient that works as a natural pain killer. You can use cloves essential oil, the whole spice, or powder.

  • Essential oil – Put a few drops on a cotton ball and put it next to the wisdom tooth that hurts.
  • Whole Spice – Hold the clove close to the affected area. You will soon feel the area go numb. As the clove becomes softer, chew on it to release even more of the healing, numbing compounds.
  • Ground Powder – Apply just a pinch of the powder to the painful area.

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7. Tea Bag

If you have a green tea or herbal tea bag, that is preferable to a regular tea bag but if a regular tea bag is all you have, it will still work. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and when the tea bag is cool enough to handle, place it on the cheek side, facing the aching tooth. This should work in about 10 minutes. Replace the tea bag as needed with a fresh one.


8. Olive Oil

Olive oil has benefits from head to toe no matter if you apply it topically or take it internally. Something most people don’t know is that olive oil is also a remarkable pain reliever. Warm some olive oil and then pour a small amount into the ear on the side where the tooth hurts. Lie down and let the oil do its job.


9. Tea Tree Oil

This oil, used for thousands of years by the Aboriginal people of Australia, can be directly rubbed on the gum below the tooth that hurts. You may find this oil is strong for you, so consider diluting it with the olive oil.

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10. Sage

Sage is so super healing that it not only reduces the pain of a toothache, but it can help bleeding gums, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), and stop mouth sores. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons of dried sage into a shot glass. Pour in a bit of vodka or whiskey and allow this to sit for 5 or 10 minutes. Use this mixture as a mouth rinse and swish it in your mouth for a few minutes. Repeat the swishing procedure at least twice or until your pain is gone.


11. Whiskey

This is an age old but tried and true method. Take a shot glass full of whiskey and pour it into your mouth. Just hold it there for one minute. You can swallow it if you want or spit it out, the choice is yours, but this will definitely numb the pain within a couple minutes. Repeat as necessary or until you can no longer find the bottle.


12. Peppermint

This is another age old herb that has been used in different forms for an untold number of years. Peppermint will ease the pain and kill bacteria, stopping an infection before it can start.

  • Tea – You can make a tea and allow it to cool, and then rinse with it to help stop the pain.
  • Whole Fresh Leaves – If you have a peppermint plant, you can take whole, fresh leaves and place them next to the tooth. Allow them to sit there for 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Essential oil – Pour a drop or two of the oil on a cotton ball and hold it close to the tooth which hurts.
  • Mouthwash – Put a teaspoon of dried peppermint in a cup, pour some hot water in, and allow it all to sit for 20 minutes. Strain out the leaves and use as a mouth rinse.

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13. Ice Pack

You can always try an old fashioned ice pack. A package of frozen peas works well for this purpose. Apply it to the area for 10 minutes on and then 10 minutes off until you get some relief.


14. Vanilla

Vanilla extract is another old fashioned remedy for the pain from wisdom teeth. Try to use real vanilla extract. Apply some to a cotton ball and place it next to the affected tooth. Be sure that you aren’t using vanilla essence.


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15. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is a powerful antiseptic that can help to ease wisdom tooth pain. Put some oregano oil on either a cotton ball or on your fingertips and rub some oil directly on the affected area.

Try different natural remedies to find the option that works right for you. But if your pain does not reduce, if it gets worse, or if you also have other symptoms, be sure to visit your dentist right away.