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Medication After Tooth Extraction

medication after tooth extraction

After you have had a tooth extracted, it is natural that there will be some soreness. In most circumstances, you can take whatever medicine you keep in the house for headaches; for example Paracetamol. The best and approved medicines for teeth and painkillers for gum problems are often anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Aspirin is also something you can try.    

Moving away from painkilling tablets there are other types of more natural medicines that may assist you with your pain control. Long-term use of over-the-counter medication can cause its own set of problems and if you can reduce the reliance of these medication after tooth extraction by mixing them with more natural medication, then your whole body will benefit.     

Clove Oil    

You can apply clove oil to a clean gauze dressing and applied to the place where the tooth once was. You should only do this at the peak of the pain as too much Clove Oil can be harmful.     

Salt Water    

Rinsing out the mouth with copious amounts of salt water can also reduce problems after extraction. It will help reduce any swelling and assist with killing bacteria. Dosage half a teaspoon in 8 ounces of warm water. repeat this process a couple of times a day.     


A much more pleasant experience than saltwater is a honey dressing. This is made by soaking a piece of clean gauze in honey and holding in place against the site of the extraction. The honey will assist with fighting bacteria and may also fight necrosis.     


medication after tooth extraction

Ginger has been shown to be more effective than drugs like Ibuprofen for certain kinds of pain relief. It is both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant effect which helps to reduce inflammation.     

Remember your dentist has resolved the dental problem by removing the offending tooth. The pain you feel after an extraction is just temporary while your body heals. Even without intervention you pain will eventually disappear.

If these at-home cures didn’t work, try using a good mouthwash to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth to prevent infections.