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How to Drain a Gum Abscess at Home Without a Needle

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The actual process of draining a periodontal abscess is a medical procedure that should always be done by a qualified dental professional. You could try sticking a needle in it and draining it yourself, but you would be asking for trouble. You may risk spreading or swallowing the pus that leaks from the abscess, and bacteria may be transferred to other parts of the body.

For these reasons, it is never a smart idea to attempt to drain a gum or tooth abscess yourself at home. Consult a dentist as soon as you can if you suspect you have a dental abscess. However, if you can't see a dentist right away, there are some at-home remedies you can use to help you feel better and naturally lessen the severity of the infection.

Draining Your Own Dental Abscess

A bump forms on your gums when you have a dental abscess, which can be uncomfortable and painful. Because of this, it can be tempting to attempt to relieve the pressure and drain the pus out of your gum on your own. However, draining a dental abscess yourself is not advised. If you squeeze it or pop it, you might spread the infection's bacteria and make it more serious.

If you're tempted to use a needle to puncture an abscess at home, it's safer to wait and let the experts handle it. A trained dental professional must perform surgery to remove the pus from an internal abscess or use a needle to puncture the skin. The proper name for the procedure is percutaneous abscess drainage.

Draw Out a Dental Abscess Naturally

There are, however, safer methods you can use to help the abscess drain naturally on its own by gently reducing the severity of the infection. While you are waiting to see a dentist, using natural home remedies may help reduce pain and inflammation.

1. Garlic Paste

This treatment works wonders for tooth pain, even though it may not taste or smell all that pleasant to those around you. Making a garlic paste is something to think about if you have a gum abscess that needs to be drained. This is because garlic has antibiotic properties that will help heal your gums.

You will need 10 garlic cloves and one teaspoon of salt to make this remedy at home. The garlic must be crushed into tiny pieces and combined with salt. You will use this to create a paste to apply to the affected area. Before rinsing, let it sit for 10 minutes. If you leave it on longer than that, garlic can cause skin burns.

2. Salt Water Rinse

When salt or sodium chloride comes into contact with liquid or bacteria in your cells, it draws them out of your body and aids in cleansing the area. Additionally, it may promote healthy gums and wound healing.

Combine warm tap water with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt. Use salt water to rinse your mouth. Your abscessed gum or tooth may experience effective short-term relief thanks to this simple and inexpensive solution.

3. Sip Peppermint Tea

Studies have revealed that peppermint contains antibacterial substances, which may help fight bacteria causing tooth pain. Make a cup of tea, let it cool, and then place the teabag on the hurt tooth. You can then swish the tea around in your mouth to get even more pain relief. Sipping it slowly is comforting, too.

4. Oregano Essential Oil

You can purchase this oil at a health food store, a pharmacy, or online. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that could help lessen the pain and swelling associated with an abscessed tooth or gum.

By combining a few drops of oregano essential oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil, such as olive oil, you can first dilute the oil. For two to three minutes at a time, dab a cotton ball or swab with a few drops of this mixture and hold it over the infected area.

5. Cold Compression

Ice application causes the blood vessels to constrict, which lessens pain and swelling. This will lessen the symptoms but will not drain the actual abscess. Apply an ice pack or something comparable to the area for fifteen minutes on and off, several times a day, using this technique. Be careful not to apply ice to the skin.

6. Baking Soda Rinse

Baking soda is another reasonably priced home remedy for tooth abscesses. Some may even be in your kitchen cabinet right now. Cleaning teeth of plaque and bacteria is a breeze with baking soda.

Combine 1/2 tablespoon baking soda with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt. Swish around the mouth for a few moments, and then rinse until the mixture is completely removed.

7. Over-the-counter Drugs

The most effective painkillers for treating a tooth abscess at home are NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. While you wait for the draining procedure to take place, they will both soothe the pain and lessen the swelling brought on by the infection.

8. Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

Another effective treatment for bacterial infections, such as an abscessed gum, is a hydrogen peroxide rinse. Additionally, it can help reduce plaque and gum bleeding. Combine 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in equal parts, gently swish around the mouth for a few seconds, and then rinse.

Consult a dentist as soon as you can if you suspect you have a dental abscess.

Consult a dentist as soon as you can if you suspect you have a dental abscess.

Final Thoughts

While you wait to see the dentist, try some of these at-home treatments to help care for your gum abscess. Instead of trying to drain the gum abscess yourself using a needle, or other invasive technique, try easing the pain and inflammation at home naturally using some of these techniques.

When it's time for surgery, your dentist will make a tiny cut into the abscess to drain the abscess, allowing the pus to escape. He will then use a saline solution to thoroughly cleanse the area. Sometimes it's necessary to install a tiny rubber drain to keep the area accessible for drainage as the swelling subsides.

Afterward, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or other medication to treat the gum abscess as it heals. You could also continue to use some of these home remedies to assist with recovery of your gum abscess at home.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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