11 Quick Home Remedies For Exposed Nerve
When you damage your tooth, it can be a minor chip to a major tooth problem such as exposed nerve. An exposed nerve could be caused by filling or a crown falling off, or a cavity has widen enough to create a hole where the nerve is exposed. Pain caused by exposed nerve is excruciating when triggered by heat, cold or pressure, hence it is recommended to avoid that particular tooth while eating.
Numbing agents can be bought from pharmacies, they are usually used before eating to minimize the pain when eating and drinking. When nerve is exposed, the most important thing is to seek professional help immediately, as it can get worse by getting infected.
A tooth abscess is difficult to treat, more painful and can lead to even more problems down the track. A tooth abscess can be life threatening if not addressed quickly. Here are a few home remedies for a tooth with exposed nerve.
Salt is nature’s antibacterial natural remedy. Salt is diluted with warm water and swished around the mouth every hour for symptom relief and to reduce bacterial load in the mouth. As you are experiencing toothache, the instinctive thing to do is not to eat or drink, and that leads to dry mouth that could irritate the mouth more.
Salty warm water wash provides some relief to the pain, it can be used with other natural home remedies and as frequently as you require.
#2. Clove Oil
Popular traditional home remedy: a drop of clove oil using cotton bud, applied directly on the sore spot. Clove has eugenol, the oily component that gives clove its antibacterial and analgesic properties. Prolonged use can deaden the nerves. If you want to salvage it, it is best to limit the use and seek professional help quickly.
Clove oil is shown to cause liver damage and respiratory distress when used in large quantities. Best used after a salt water rinse, clove oil is a good natural home remedy to have on hand for teeth pain. Clove oil can be found in pharmacies and health stores, some have tried using dried cloves, and find that it works just as well.
The recommended use for garlic is to crush and mix with salt into a paste, and then applied next to the sore tooth, instead directly on the exposed nerve (less painful that way). Allicin in garlic is the active component that lends to the antimicrobial effect, and the salt kills the bacteria quickly while the garlic has a prolonged effect.
Garlic can also promote blood circulation, allowing the body’s immune system to do its job and remove toxins quickly. Using garlic might help alleviate the swelling and prevent infection, you can add some clove oil for added analgesic effect.
#4. Oil Pulling
Popular practice in Ayurveda for a lot of troubles, including toothaches. Oil Pulling using sesame seed oil is said to promote good sleeping patterns. In this case, sesame seed oil is used to reduce bacterial load and to keep the mouth lubricated. Swish a tablespoon of warmed sesame oil for as long as possible. Increase it slowly until you can do it for twenty minutes, and then rinse with warm water for another fifteen minutes or so.
This natural remedy has to be done twice daily for maximum effect, but you can use coconut oil if you can not find any sesame oil.
#5. Bayberry Bark & Vinegar
Bayberry or candleberry has been used as a plant based candles for rich and royal instead of tallow long ago. Bayberry bark’s waxy resin is grounded and mixed with vinegar to release its astringent properties. If you cannot find bayberry bark, you can also use tincture diluted with some vinegar.
To use, apply the mixture directly on the exposed nerve, but take care not to use concentrated bayberry as it triggers vomiting. Too much bayberry could also lead to a laxative effect, and best avoided in pregnant women as it is an abortifacient.
#6. Hot or Cold Compress
Cold or hot compresses are used to help relieve the pain via constricting and dilating the blood vessels, making the body’s immune system to perform housecleaning by itself. Those with exposed nerves might find it more relieving by applying clove oil or pain killers before applying cold compress on the cheeks, not directly on the affected area.
Hot and Cold compresses can be alternated, using five minutes of cold to one minute of hot, to create a pumping effect to flush out toxins in the mouth area and to reduce swelling. The cold numbs the nerve, while the heat triggers immune cells to travel and kill bacteria.
#7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a soothing anti-inflammatory agent that is also an antimicrobial, it is not surprising to find it on the list for exposed nerve. It also has healing properties that helps stop the exposed nerve from being damaged further, should you intend to save the tooth.
Slice up fresh aloe vera and apply directly on the tooth, or mix it in juice to drink. Aloe vera is easy to use, and always find the edible or food grade version if you do not have fresh ones on hand. Mix aloe vera with glycerin as a mouthwash to keep the mouth clean and healthy when the roots are exposed.
#8. Vanilla Extract
Unsure if it is the vanilla or the alcohol steep that helps relieve toothaches caused by exposed roots. Vanilla has anti-cancer properties and is used to improve mood, but it is the alcohol that is used to steep the vanilla in that is the hero of the herbal remedy. Alcohol is an astringent that helps stop the nerve from being too sensitive, while vanilla improves the mood via aromatherapy.
There are studies that show moods directly affect pain, if you are feeling happy, the pain will be less irritating and disabling; when you are angry or sad, the pain is more acute and can make you feel worse. Hence vanilla extract is a popular favorite natural remedy for this particular combination. Using vanilla extract on the exposed nerve will help. If you are a happy drunk, drink strong alcohol such as whiskey alone is a good remedy.
#9. Tea Bag
Tea has tannins and like alcohol, it is an astringent that helps soothe the nerves and prevent them from feeling too much pain. Tea also has anti-inflammatory and some small antibacterial properties. You can steep tea leaves in hot water and dip it in cotton bud to place on the exposed nerve. Alternatively, whole wet tea bag works just as well, you can use peppermint tea bags (with peppermint leaves inside) too. As Peppermint has menthol, it helps soothe the sore tooth.
#10. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is usually used as an antidepressant, but it is also used for treatment of nerve pain for those who suffer from it. More importantly, you have to select the correct tincture, as plant in oil tincture is not for consumption.
Opt for St. John’s wort tea, or dilute some of the tincture in water and use as mouth rinse. Alternatively you can drink the remainder to improve your mood and treat the nerve pain internally.
#11. Pepper Powder Rub
Use pepper or cayenne pepper, it is the capsaicin that helps with the sore exposed nerve, capsaicin triggers movement of cells, prompting the body to protect the spot from pathogens. Pepper rubs can be quite painful initially, especially when you add salt into the mixture. This natural remedy is worth it, as pepper can help with the pain and inflammation.
With exposed nerve, the immediate thing to do is to seek a dentist’s help to see if your tooth can be saved. Root canals and dentures cost a lot of money. Delaying the treatment will worsen the condition and affect your quality of life. Caring for your teeth properly is the best prevention in getting exposed nerves. But accidents do happen and these natural home remedies will be able to help.