Having a tooth extraction can range from easy and simply to traumatic. After the initial operation, many patients suffer from post-operative pain. The degree will vary highly from one person to another, but in general most people will have some level of discomfort. Your oral surgeon will likely prescribe pain medication and/or some natural methods to relieve pain.
Hot and Cold
One natural way to relieve the discomfort after a tooth extraction is to use either heat or cold. Some oral surgeons will actually send their patients home with cold compresses. These can reduce pain and also keep the swelling down. Some patients prefer the heat against their face to relieve the pain in their gums. Your choice is a matter of personal preference. Neither hot nor cold have advantages over the other. Simply apply the compress of choice over your face and wait for it to soothe the pain.
Saltwater helps dull the pain of a tooth extraction plus helps protect the gums against infection. Simply take 1 tsp. of salt and stir it into a glass of warm water. Swish the water around on your mouth, gargle and rinse. Repeat this process whenever you feel pain or irritation in the gums. The pain will start to subside after a few days when using the saltwater rinse.
Clove oil has many pain-killing properties. Simply place a couple of drops of clove oil on the gums and the pain should lessen. You may wish to dab it on the area with a cotton swab. This will have to be repeated several times and some patients comment that the taste takes some getting used to.
Garlic and Salt
Garlic is a natural painkiller, reduces swelling and reduces the chance of infection. Simply take three or four cloves of garlic and combine it with a pinch of salt. Grind the two up into a paste and apply to the gums. You should notice the pain dissipating almost immediately.