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Here is some important knowledge that I learned through personal experience.

If you go to the dentist for dry socket, there isn't a drug that they use. They use oil of cloves, which they call 'Eugenol' so that it sounds like a proper drug and not an ancient remedy. They apply eugenol to a small, brown strip of gauze, rinse out the socket with antibiotic mouthwash and water, and then use an instrument to pack the gauze inside the socket. This process is very painful and anesthetic is rarely used, and doesn't help much if it is. Also note that opiods and other pain medications have little or no effect on pain from dry socket. It is not known why.

Oil of cloves is absolutely the only thing known to relieve dry socket pain.

It is good to have a dentist do this rather than do it at home, since the same remedy is used, and because it is hard to do such a precise operation in your own mouth. There is a risk of opening the injury even more by incorrect self-application.

However, if a dentist visit is not possible or financially feasible, you can buy oil of cloves over-the-counter in the previously-mentioned Dentek or Red Cross toothache kits. The oil you get here is extremely potent. The kit comes with tweezers and small cotton balls, with instructions to dip the cotton balls in the oil and dab it on the dry socket. This is hard to do, and doesn't last long. It's very precise work, and only relieves pain until the oil has been washed away by saliva. Also, if a tiny amount of the oil touches another part of your mouth it will cause a very intense stinging burn.

What to do instead is forget the little cotton balls and the puny tweezers. Swish some salt water or diluted Listerine around in your mouth for about one minute. Dilute a drop of clove oil with a few drops of olive or cooking oil. Brush this mixture on a tiny piece of gauze (do not use cotten!), 2 or 3cm long and .5 to 1cm wide. Ball the gauze up and stuff it inside of the socket. This will hurt like a son of a b----, but the pain should subside within the hour. If you have another person available who you trust, you should ask them to do this for you, because it is not easy. Make sure to pack the gauze in very tightly, even though it will hurt. If the socket is very deep, you may need to use another strip of gauze.

If at any time you get clove oil in the wrong place, cleanse the area with olive or cooking oil. Do not rinse your mouth with water as this will spread the clove oil everywhere.

When the gauze comes out, if you still feel pain, reapply it. Keep doing this until it stops hurting. This can take upwards of six weeks to heal, or you may only have to do it once. The clove oil does not aid in the healing process, it is for pain relief only. Healing can only come with time. So don't worry about not using enough clove oil, just use the amount that relieves your pain.

Be sure to rinse your mouth with saltwater or diluted Listerine before each reapplication of your dressing.

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Just followed these exact instructions and it helped a great deal! Now I can make it through the next few days until I can visit the dentist again! Thank you!


I also just followed these instructions, however, I used the provided cotton balls (they came with the kit). In fact the instructions say to put the ball in the socket for about 1 minute and then remove. I just don't see any sense in the 'then remove' part, as the dentist doesn't (at least for 24 hours). I will pull this application out of both sockets in 24 hours (as I'm one of the lucky few to have had two rear lower molars removed). I cannot imagine this will cause any furhter infection as I have such a bad infection they have already put me on a rather strong antiboitic (in addition to the usual Penicillin). Prior to putting the eugenol soaked balls in the sockets they were both still oozing infection profusely (as I'am only about 48 hours post-op). If I don't see improvement in the infection over the next few days I will return to the dentist. Otherwise, I will simply continue to use the above methodology until my pain subsides. Thanks!!

Ian 2010

HAAAAALLELUJAH!!! I just followed these instructions, and to my pleasure the pain and agony are subsiding. But the taste is brutal...YIKES! I tried to get some details from the Pharmacist at the Walgreens where I purchased the Dentek Toothache Kit (Containing Eugenol/Clove Oil) but he was reluctant and advised me to call my dentist. Now my concern is whether or not my dry socket will heal properly. But as written, I guess I'll find out in 6-8 weeks. Thanks for your posts.


This remedy did work for me. I was in a fair amount of pain - snapping at my children, not being able to concentrate, basically just miserable. It was a weekend, dentist was closed and I was at my wits end. 1 hour after placing the clove oil gauze in the socket came blessed relief. I replaced it 24 hours later and have been pain free, thank goodness.


Further to my comment above: I went to my dentist after my painful weekend, he confirmed that I had dry socket and re-packed the socket with some horrible tasting brown iodine containing stuff that made me drool profusely. After about 6 hours, the pain relief has worn off. So I have to say that clove oil may be more effective than the stuff that dentists use - in my case anyway. Clove oil bought me 24 hours of relief.

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