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Coconut Oil- A Seemingly Adequate Temporary Remedy for Dry Socket

So I had an already protruding and infected wisdom tooth extracted 4 days ago (on a Wednesday). Yesterday evening I realized I'd developed a partial dry socket. I'd been very careful in trying to prevent one due to they're reputation of being 'extremely painful'. But alas, my efforts failed.

Knowing that it was a weekend and my dental office is closed plus the fact that it's holiday weekend (Labor Day on Monday)I determined that I might not make it in to the dentist for another two days minimum. So I decided I needed to try something to prevent/lessen the pain associated with a dry socket.

As soon as I realized I had a (partial) dry socket (I'd been visually checking everyday at least three times a day)I rinsed my mouth with salt water and brushed my teeth. Then I put organic, extra-virgin COCONUT OIL in the socket and wet a folded piece of paper towel and placed it over the socket.

I kind of did this on a whim, being that I hadn't really read anything about anyone utilizing this temporary relief/treatment. But I love coconut oil and use if for a multitude of things (and always have it on hand). I know that it is soothing (non-irritating even on open wounds) and more importantly it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. So as far as my knowledge on coconut oil goes, it definitely seemed worth a shot.

I went to sleep with the wet paper towel over the socket, hoping to keep it moist and prevent any more suction. I really expected to experience at least mild pain this morning. But so far, 12 hours later, I feel no pain or discomfort beyond what I felt yesterday before the dry socket happened.

I swished more salt water and put more coconut oil in the socket again this morning followed by the placement of the wet, folded paper towel. I haven't eaten anything since however and I've only drank water. I'm trying to prevent as much debris and bacteria as I can from accessing the socket.

On top of the soothing and antibacterial effects, the coconut oil seems to kind of help keep things lubricated I guess. I have also read that coconut oil is good for bone health so it just seems like an overall decent remedy at least until you can get to a dentist to be treated.

I just wanted to share because I've read so many things about how excruciating dry sockets can be and I was starting to think I'd be doomed. I know I was expecting some degree of pain today but so far I am just fine. It's more than worth a try. I am no doctor or dentist but I really don't think it could hurt anything (unless of course you have coconut allergies!)

I hope this helps someone! Namaste!

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Thank you so much for posting this!! i am literally in the exact same situation.. devloped a dry socket after having my wisdom teeth out of course on the labor day weekend! .. I will be sure to go get some coconut oil tommarow and see how this works! ~ much love


Thank you for posting this. I had a tooth pulled on 6-14 and it was a front tooth and I have had terrible pain since then. I actually had this tooth broke off at the gum lines and then they pulled it. I also had 4 other teeth capped at the same time. I have had two root canals from the area were the tooth ache hurts and I still have pain. I have been trying to convince my regular dentist and orthodontist that I have a dried socket from this tooth they pulled and they are not agreeing, and they are not doing anything about this pain. So I will definitely try this coconut oil. I can't get the oil directly on the hole because of the caps, but I will soak that area and hope some will seep into the hole. Thanks again, I hope it works.


Hi! I just thought I'd post a quick update...

So it's been a full three days since I noticed my 'partial' dry socket. I've been gargling salt water and then re-applying the coconut oil every time I'm done eating something (about 4 times a day). I also chew on the opposite side and try to avoid getting any particles in or near the socket.

I am glad to say that I'm still not experiencing any pain. I thought it might really set in after a couple days of eating and whatnot, but the coconut oil and compulsive oral cleansing seem to have worked quite well for me so far.

I did notice some mild discomfort one day, a very dull throbbing pain in the area. It wasn't very bad at all, but when I began to feel it I gargled thoroughly and applied a good sized dollop of coconut oil. It actually began soothing it quite immediately (I can always feel it seeping down in there). I did take an ibuprofen at this time as well in case the discomfort increased to pain. But after applying the oil it seemed to be just fine.

I have a dentist appointment scheduled Friday (I'm not even worried about trying to get in sooner because I'm really not having any problems). I actually noticed today that even more of the blood clot has been destroyed, so now about half of the hole is exposed.

I plan on continuing this routine until my appointment, as it's worked for me so far. I hope it works for others and isn't just my circumstance.

Another option would be to try 'oil pulling' with coconut oil to get to less accessible areas of the mouth (and the rest of it as well). It's actually a really healthy routine to start on a regular basis, but for me, I'm a little worried about swishing too much and ruining any more of the blood clot.

Much love.


Hi. Thank you for posting this. Do you apply the coconut oil cold & in solid form or room temp in solid form? I had a tooth pulled 1 1/2 days ago & it looks like most of the clot is gone. Just a little blood on the sides & the middle is white tissue. I am wondering if this would help me avoid pain as well? What are your thoughts?


This was GREAT news! Our Daughter recently became a RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionalist) and has a few years under her belt working in the Holistic field. She told me to put the coconut oil directly on the site where I had my tooth pulled, because honestly, I can't handle the feeling of oil in my mouth! It REALLY DOES WORK!!! I had an abscessed molar that ended up taking 1-1/2 hours to remove due to complications. Needless to say, the site is sore. I was worried about putting a blob of coconut oil there, but I'm sure glad I did! It not only soothes the site, but it has the antibacterial properties I'm looking for. Good to know for any future extractions! :D


I also have a partial dry socket. I called my dentist and he also recommended Extra Virgin coconut oil paste and pain meds. He said to pack the paste right in the hole instant relief. He said I should be fine.


Hi Amanda, do you think the coconut oil and paper towel contributed to destroying the blood clot?


Holy mother of great solutions! Quite literally tried this 30 minutes ago and am pain free for the first time in 5 days. I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and only one of the holes from the extraction was causing me serious pain that even spread up my face and into my ear. I feel human again! Thank you so much for posting this! I don't use pain medicine or pharmasueticals of any kind so this was a life saver for me!


Some dentists actually suggest not rinsing the mouth for 4 days in order not to lose the blood clot.


I don't like the way clove oil smell or taste so thanks I will try the coconut oil

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