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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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I had wisdom tooth removed Wednesday, that had been crowding my lower molars for years. Been invarious levels of pain since. Tonight it seemed a bit worse so was looking for a home remedy. Came across this thread and thought sure, why not, I will try coconut oil. Holy cannolies it worked!!! In just a couple minutes my pain level came down tremendously. Thanks for posting this.




You have saved my life!!! Thank you so much for posting....much appreciated and it definitely helped :-)


Home relief for dry socket!!! My dentist told me to do this and it works like a charm until you can get in to the dentist for offical medicin (clove soaked guaze).

Drop 3 or 4 drops of clove oil/clove bud oil into about 4 or 5 teaspoons of coconut oil.

Put a spoonful of turmeric in a cup and spoon the oil in little by little until it forms a paste that can be shaped into a ball. Be sure to have clean hands. Make a ball of the paste and push it into the socket. If the mix is too strong it may burn rinse your mouth and add more turmeric and coconut oil only to the mix and try again. It is basically what the dentist uses just not as concentrated and with the added bonus of turmeric which is an anti-inflammatory.

Also, I had stitches across the roof of my mouth because it tore. I rinsed with an alcohol free mouthwash the dentist gave me, salt water and Dale Audrey Ayurvedic oral pulling rinse in cool mint which doesn't sting and is helping my skin to heal quicker then the dr. expected. Good luck this stuff is all kinds of painful!


Thanks so helpful!

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