Clove Oil: A Remedy for Dental Pain

Updated on July 24, 2019
Seven Stars Media profile image

The author is a graduate of Queens University Belfast, Ireland. He has years of experience working with people with Mental Health issues

Dry socket can be excruciatingly painful.
Dry socket can be excruciatingly painful.

Dry Socket Is a Very Painful Condition

After enduring an awful 2-week lasting toothache, followed by a traumatic tooth extraction of an offending large lower back tooth the next week, I thought I was due for a well-earned rest from dental pain. Nothing could be that simple, of course, because within a few days the pain had returned with a vengeance. I had developed a dental condition known as dry socket aka alveolar osteitis.

What Is Dry Socket?

Dry Socket is not an infection of the area where the extraction has taken place, but an inflammation of the bone exposed post-extraction. It is extremely painful and can literally drive one up the walls with the progressively worsening pain. From what I have read, it occurs when the blood clot that usually forms covering the hole left by an extraction, is dislodged or does not get time to form.

Apparently, this condition afflicts 5% of extractions and those most likely to have it occur are those who smoke and women taking birth control pills. Extractions of the lower back teeth are more likely to develop into dry socket and too much brushing near the effected area or spitting can also be a direct cause.

Dry Socket Symptoms

Some of the telltale signs of dry socket (alveolar osteitis) include:

  • Feeling severe, intractable pain within a few days of extraction.
  • Partial or complete loss of a blood clot at the extraction site.
  • Partly visible bone within the socket.
  • Pain spreading from the socket to the eyes, ears, neck or forehead.
  • Foul taste, bad breath or unpleasant odor coming from within the mouth

Clove oil is one inexpensive solution for dental pain.
Clove oil is one inexpensive solution for dental pain.

When the pain got to be well nigh unbearable again, I started off rinsing my mouth with OTC effervescent Co-Codamol, a combination preparation containing 8 mg Codeine and 500 mg Paracetamol' I also employed the anti-inflammatory Naproxen 250 mg which produced no relief whatsoever.

I then tried some opioid analgesics, but they only succeeded in dulling the pain ever so slightly. I then took a little time to read up on the condition and many Google searches later the name clove oil was beginning to look like a cheap and cheerful alternative to another trip to the dentist to have my painful dry socket dressed with an anesthetic packing. I had memories as a child hearing adults recommending clove rock mint sweets as a cure for toothache but had written it off as an old wives tale with no factual basis

Caution

Talk to your doctor or dentist before applying any herb- or oil-based remedies to your tooth ailment.

Use Clove Oil Sparingly—It Tastes Foul!

At first, after getting a small bottle of the stuff from the local pharmacy, which cost approximately $3.00, I had tried to pour a few drops of the stuff directly into the affected area. This was a major mistake! This is very concentrated stuff, words cannot adequately describe how foul this stuff tastes and I have knocked down some pretty noxious concoctions in my day. It is like rinsing with a full mouthful of industrial-strength cleaning liquid. After reading a little more on the methodology involved with the Clove Oil cure, my second attempt was a lot less traumatic, thankfully.

How I Used Clove Oil for My Tooth Pain

Pour a few minute drops onto a piece of gauze, packed in into the offending area and within a few moments the pain will almost assuredly disappear completely. You will not believe how fast-acting and effective this stuff is, it reduced a dental pain that was easily a 7 on the 1-10 'Richter' scale of agony, into just a bad memory.

I honestly don't know how it works, though no doubt the medically inquisitive could easily find out, however, when one has just been released from dental purgatory, you'll tend not to look a gift horse in the mouth. I have heard that clove oil is as effective with other dental pain, as I have used it effectively with less painful dental conditions. What I do know with absolute certainty is that clove oil will reduce significantly the awful ache associated with the condition known as dry socket a lot more quickly, safely and cheaply, than throwing the contents of a medicine cabinet at the pain.

Furthermore, nowadays, with the side-effects of potent analgesics being well documented, you can rest easy in the certainty that clove oil in no way affects the central nervous system and I can state that without fear of contradiction that there is not a single case on record, anywhere, of clove oil dependency. With dental work being hyper-expensive and even prescriptions for painkillers in the USA proving financially prohibitive, clove oil may be an inexpensive stopgap measure for dental pain.

Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Liam A Ryan

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • Seven Stars Media profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam A Ryan 

        2 months ago from Ireland

        Thank you for your kind comment, Tori

      • renee21 profile image

        Tori Leumas 

        2 months ago

        Great article. I had my wisdom teeth removed 6 months ago and I got an infection that caused a lot of pain after that. Clove oil really helped a lot.

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        This is a very interesting article. Only recently a friend was telling me of the benefit of cloves when used to treat toothache. I have also had mouthwash containing chlorhexidine recommended to me.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, remedygrove.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://remedygrove.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)