Having extensive dental work completed can be painful. Although many dentists are willing to prescribe pain medication after completing a root canal, you may want to avoid taking prescription medications if possible.

Here are three home remedies that you can try to help you alleviate the pain associated with a root canal in the future.

1. Use an ice pack on your jaw.

When it comes to treating the acute pain associated with a new injury or newly swollen and agitated tissue, an ice pack can be beneficial. Since a root canal procedure can cause the type of acute pain ice is known for treating, applying an ice pack to the exterior of your cheek in the area where the root canal occurred can be a great way to manage your pain without a prescription.

By applying an ice pack for no longer than 20 minutes at a time, you can numb the area and reduce the amount of fluid that builds up following a root canal.

2. Place a slice of cucumber on the tooth.

Your body will increase blood flow to the affected tooth in an effort to speed the healing process after your root canal is complete. This increased blood flow can cause the painful pulsating sensation that many people associate with a root canal.

Thanks to the hemostatic properties of cucumbers, these vegetables can be used to slow the flow of blood after a root canal. Be sure that you slice a cucumber that is room temperature, since your root canal will be sensitive to the cold of a refrigerated cucumber. Placing a slice of cucumber on the area where the root canal was completed can help you manage your pain without a prescription.

3. Use salt water in your mouth.

A root canal can cause serious inflammation of the cheek and gum. This inflammation contributes to the pain a root canal can cause, so keeping the inflammation at bay is essential when it comes to pain management.

About 12 hours after your root canal is complete, mix 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Swish the salt water in your mouth for at least a minute, and repeat the process 3-4 times each day until your pain subsides. Salt water helps to control inflammation and lowers your risk of developing a painful bacterial infection.

Taking the time to become familiar with some basic home remedies for pain will help you manage your pain without a prescription after your next root canal. For more information, consider contacting the professionals at Pinon Hills Dental.