How to soothe dry socket pain?

Dry socket pain is a painful condition that can occur after having a tooth extracted. It happens when the blood clot that forms in the socket where the tooth was removed becomes dislodged or dissolves before the wound has healed, exposing bone and nerves to air and food particles.

Symptoms include intense pain that radiates from the extraction site, bad breath, and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. The good news is there are several ways to soothe dry socket pain without needing medical attention.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Keeping your mouth clean is essential for soothing dry socket pain. Ideally, you should rinse your mouth out gently with saltwater every two hours to help reduce inflammation and irritation.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds.
  • Spit it out (but don’t rinse).

Tip: Make sure not to swish too hard or spit forcefully as this could dislodge any blood clots remaining at the extraction site.

Use Essential Oils

Essential oils such as clove oil contain natural anti-inflammatory properties. Applying these oils directly onto affected areas helps numb the nerve endings responsible for sending signals of pain messages up through our spinal column until they reach our brain – which means less discomfort all round!

Here’s how you use them:

1) Pick up some pure clove oil – This can be found online or at most health stores!

2) Add about three drops onto a cotton ball

3) Gently apply it down on top of where your teeth were pulled out using
circular movements so ensure coverage across entire area; though make sure not touch nerves within gumline.

Apply Cold Compresses

Applying cold compresses may help alleviate swelling around the extraction site and provide a numbing sensation. Wrap an ice pack or frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to the affected area for 10-15 minutes at a time.

Tip: Be sure not to leave the compress on longer than 20 minutes, as prolonged exposure can cause tissue damage.

Remember when using this technique only use for around 10-15 mins at a time with breaks between applications.

Stick To Soft Foods

Eating soft foods such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup without noodles or chunky pieces of veggies, smoothies, or milkshakes ensure less trauma occurs while chewing food – which will help reduce inflammation. Avoiding spicy and crunchy foods is best too – even if they do taste good!

Here are some examples of nutritious meals you could create:


  • Blended Oatmeal
  • Smoothies that contain non-crunchy fruits like bananas!


1) Mashed sweet potato with boiled chicken – comforting, easy-to-digest meal.
2) Grilled Fish with steamed broccoli ( mush into mash extra soft ) sounds weird but boy does soft fish make a great protein source

Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers

One of the simplest ways to soothe dry socket pain is by taking over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. It has anti-inflammatory properties which may offer temporary relief from discomfort.

It would be best first to consult your healthcare provider before jumping straight into any treatments without knowing whether there’s potential risk involved!

Give Yourself Time To Heal

Be patient: Allow yourself enough time recover fully from teeth extraction procedure so that inflammation subside and gum tissue regenerate healthy fillings backdown inside where bones no longer cover root caused tooth ache.

Your mouth’s healing process largely depends on factors such as age, diet habits and oral hygiene routines if done & followed correctly!

Recovery time is typically three to four days for mild cases, but it can take up to a month in severe cases. Continue taking care of your mouth and following our tips regularly even after the pain has subsided to aid recovery.

Apply Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract has soothes many ailments including toothache – its anti-inflammatory properties are what make vanilla great when applied topically due directly onto inflamed gum areas.

To use this method:

1) Take around half-a-teaspoon
2) dip cotton ball inside
3) apply gently onto problematic areas

Consult Your Dentist

If the dry socket pain persists or worsens despite trying these natural remedies, consider consulting with your dentist.

Remember always check what might interact negatively on one’s teeth before using a new ointment or dosage amounts too large – it pays off! So why not try out some of our methods?

In Summary:

  • Keep your mouth clean by rinsing every two hours with saltwater
  • ESSENTIAL OILS such as clove oil contain natural anti-inflammatory properties that may help numb nerve endings for immediate relief
  • Applying cold compresses can alleviate swelling and provide numbing sensation.
  • Eating soft foods reduces inflammation so why not mush broccoli into mash?
  • Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen provides temporary reliefbut beware potential risks involved
  • Give yourself enough time heal allow ample healing process period; be patient!
    Recovery usually takes 3 – 4 weeks
  • Try vanilla extract which has topical application and helps reduce inflammation
    Consult with a professional if nothing works