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I developed two dry sockets and was in extreme pain for over a week. They had me on vicodin and when that didn't work oxycodin which also didn't do much. I was getting less then 2 hours of sleep a night and was basicaly a mess.I ended up talking to a co-worker who specializes in home remedys and she told me to use gauze soaked in a 50/50 mix of clove oil and water and pack the socket. The relief was immediate and total. You'll have to switch it out once a day. It's amazing the difference and distressing that the dentists and doctors tend to keep this information from their patients. Good luck and take care!!

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I am generally not one to post up comments online... HOWEVER... After discovering this I had to post it up, in hopes that it would help someone out.

About 2 hours ago I was busy scouring the internet for any glimmer of hope for dry socket relief. It was the most painful thing that I have ever felt. I was taking Vicodin ES, alternating with Tylenol 3 and taking an antibiotic. Even still, the pain was not subsiding. I was using ice packs, warm rags and rinsing with salt water - - nothing helped.

I finally came across this forum (and several others) that discussed the use of Clove Oil. I was hesitant at first, because I was certain that my dentist would have informed me of something that could provide immediate comfort from this horrific pain. My mouth had been throbbing for 2 days, and while the dentist packing my socket didn't hurt, it didn't help much either.

So, I set out to Whole Foods to pick up a bottle of Clove Oil (which was called Clove Extract at the store). I came home and rinsed my mouth out again with salt water. Then I took the dropper out of the clove oil bottle and rinsed it. I filled a glass with luke warm water, and began sucking the water from the glass up into the dropper, and shooting it into my socket. I was very surprised to see the amount of debris that was coming out. As gross as it sounds, the rinsing alone was not getting to the bottom of the socket, and slimy debris was stuck down inside.

Once finished with the socket cleaning (took about 15 minutes), I first tried to pack the socket in with a cotton swab and gauze, but it was causing pressure- and it hurt. So, I took the Clove Oil, and put about 2 drops into the socket.

About 5 minutes later, R E L I E F!!!!

I could not believe it! Not only did the horrible pain because a barely noticeable soreness, but it lasted! It has been over an hour and a half, I have not added any more clove oil, and I am nearly pain free!

IF YOU HAVE DRY SOCKET, PLEASE TRY THIS. It is important to clean out the socket more thoroughly than just rinsing. Apply a couple drops of the clove and you will not regret it.

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this advise. Thank you, and I apologize for the rambling!!


I can't thank this poster enough. I was in excruciating pain and my dentist is an hour's commute into the city. Tried vicadin and got no relief. Then I saw this post. I have been using 50/50 clove oil with the gauze and packing it myself and getting pretty much full relief; nasty clove mouth aside! Thank you!


Thanks for the tip about how to clean out that socket with an eye dropper. I was wondering how to do that myself and hesitated to go digging around that sore spot with a tweezer.

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