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Root Canal Pain Relief – 5 Home Remedies

By November 1, 2022No Comments

While it’s entirely possible and likely that you won’t have any pain at all after your root canal procedure, most people do have pain leading up to their procedure and some patients have some pain during the recovery process as well. This discomfort will typically dissipate soon after your root canal, but in the meantime, you can manage your pain at home with these easy home remedies. 

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

With your primary care provider’s permission, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully to avoid any unwanted side effects or adverse events. 

An Ice Pack 

An ice pack can alleviate swelling and reduce pain before and after your root canal procedure. You can use a bag of frozen vegetables, a bag of ice wrapped in a towel or pillowcase, or a gel ice pack stored in the freezer. 

Salt and Pepper Paste

You can make a paste out of two simple kitchen staples – salt and pepper – and apply it directly to the tooth that’s causing you pain for quick relief. Simply mix equal parts salt and pepper (1/4 tsp each will do just fine) with a few drops of water and dab it onto your tooth with a toothpick or a toothbrush. Let it sit for a few minutes. When the ache returns, rinse and repeat. 

Clove Oil or Olive Oil

Clove oil and olive oil both have pain-relieving properties. To use this handy home remedy, soak a cotton ball with either clove oil or olive oil and place it on the tooth that’s bothering you. Gently close your bite to keep the cotton ball in place.


Garlic is used for pain relief nearly everywhere in the world. For this easy hack, simply slice a garlic clove and slide it between the achy tooth and your gum line. Leave it there for as long as it’s helpful – but be sure to rinse with some mouthwash before you breathe on anyone (it’s not fresh-breath friendly!). 

See a Dentist

It’s normal to have sensitivity to hot and cold or feel dull pain while you’re recovering from your root canal, but you shouldn’t be experiencing severe pain. If you have severe pain that home remedies can’t help, something may be wrong. Schedule an appointment with Pfeifferhorn Dental for a comprehensive evaluation today – we’re here to keep you healthy and comfortable.