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Is there a gentle way to get an abscess tooth to drain? I'm taking antibiotics, I would just like to get the pocket drained a little.

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I'd try cloves,

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Clove contains significant amounts of an active component called eugenol, which has made it the subject of numerous health studies, including studies on the prevention of toxicity from environmental pollutants like carbon tetrachloride, digestive tract cancers, and joint inflammation. In the United States, eugenol extracts from clove have often been used in dentistry in conjunction with root canal therapy, temporary fillings, and general gum pain, since eugenol and other components of clove (including beta-caryophyllene) combine to make clove a mild anaesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent. For these beneficial effects, you'll also find clove oil in some over-the-counter sore throat sprays and mouth washes. - Whole Foods

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just do NOT push on it. this could cause your gum to recede from the tooth and cause more problems-like tooth loss. give the antibiotics time to work, and try an ice pack.

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this isnt very gentle but u could poke it with a small needle to put a small hole so it can drain.

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Not a good idea
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My wife is a RN, she said not to do anything to it cause if the antibiotic hasn't killed the infection yet and you drain it, your putting yourself at risk for a septic infection

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Thank you. Yeah I thought popping it seemed like a bad plan. I'm just gonna let the antibiotic work and do salt water gargles. Today is day one, so I'm just going to be patient... :-)
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