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Does clove oil really work in easing tooth pain?

I am suffering from an intense pain in my tooth and someone suggested that I should place a cotton soaked in clove oil to ease the pain. Does this remedy really work?

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I'm not sure if it does?! Please check with your dentist, pain is just a signal your body is giving you! By taking some X-Rays and clinical exam, your dentist will definitely find out what has caused the pain?! Best of luck!
It may if the tooth is "opened" up.
Clove oil only works on an exposed nerve which would only occur with a broken tooth or a massive cavity. And then you only treat the symptoms and not the cause. Better to get your dental advice from a dentist.
Oil of clove has a sedative effect on the tooth nerve and has been documented as being used by the pharaohs for tooth discomfort. Advise a dental visit for evaluation and treatment.
Only temporarily. Go to a dentist to determine the cause of the pain and then treat it.
Clove oil has been used in dentistry for a long time. It just "numbs" or calms down the tooth. It can give you a false sense of security that the tooth is ok when it may not be. A visit to the dentist to determine what is wrong with the tooth is warranted. You will need an X-ray and an exam and diagnosis.
The remedy of applying clove oil to your teeth works in easing the tooth pain for a longer period of time. It can cure your intense pain in your teeth right away. But, I really suggest seeking treatment with a renowned dental expert to avoid further dental issues. The dentists provide you suitable dental treatment by going through right dental examination.
I've heard it can. You can go to the store for over the counter anbesol and then follow up with your dentist.
Sometimes and usually for a very short time as it hides an underlying problem that will get worse. You need to see a dentist as soon as you can. If you need a dentist, call the office of Dr. Brad Emery, Dr. Nicholas Emery and Dr. Carol Scuro, at 585-247-7110. Or check out our website at
Hi there, sorry to hear you are suffering from toothache! Yes, oil of clove is often used in many dental sedatives. However, this is only for temporary relief. I highly recommend that you see your dentist since you might have an infection in the tooth. Wish you the best of luck.

First of all, I am so sorry you are in pain. Yes, you are correct that we use clove oil in some of the medicaments that we have here in the office. But, having said that, they are an adjunct to treatment. Not to be used by itself. You will not get relief from placing clove oil directly on the tooth or the gums associated with this tooth. I suggest that you see a dentist, ASAP and have the problem diagnosed.
It actually does!!!!  This was always known as the "stuff" that smells like a dental office. But I would encourage you to go and see what is hurting as soon it will not help anymore.
It may help on a hit or miss basis, but this type of pain can only be stopped by appropriate dental care.

Clove oil asks as a topical anesthetic, and has been show in studies to be as effective as Benzocaine or products like Orajel. It can give pain relief for teeth that have small cavities, and does have some antibacterial properties. If a tooth has an active infection, any topical pain relief is not going to work miracles. Antibiotics and systemic pain medicine will be needed. You should see your local dentist regularly, even in the absence of pain. If you are having sensitivity or pain with a tooth, seeing a dentist is very important to prevent a potential problem from getting worse.

Clove oil is not for everyone. It has a strong and sometimes unpleasant taste, and if large quantities are accidentally ingested, it too can have side effects. It was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics, and research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, the same compound responsible for the plant’s aroma. Clove
oil can be found in most health food stores for a few dollars a bottle. To use it, apply a very small amount to a cotton swab or piece of tissue and apply gently to the affected area. Although considered safe when used correctly in small amounts, it can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities.
Clove oil is part of some temporary filling materials that can cause a soothing effect on exposed pulp (nerve) of a tooth. But clove oil by itself can be very caustic and cause chemical burn of your gums. I would suggest seeing your closest dentist to know the cause of the pain and get it treated. I hope you feel better soon.
In answer to your question, clove oil is the most effective remedy for immediate pain relief of teeth. However, this is only short term relief. You still must address what is actually causing the pain & treat it.

A good example of the use of clove oil is in the movie “Marathon Man”, with Dustin HOFFMAN. If you have a chance, watch that movie & you will understand what I mean.

Kind regards,
Dr. Saad
Funny, it does but it has to be in composition with other ingridients. How about a prompt visit to your dentist?!
Yes this is a good remedy and we use it in dental practice but it is not a cure for your problem so you should be seen buy dental health care provider
Yes, it does work. In fact, zinc oxide and eugenol, a temporary cement used by me and other dentists, has oil-of-cloves in it. Helps until a dentist can be seen.
Thank you for the question.
Dr. Art J. DeAngelo, DDS

Clove oil contains eugenol that can help temporarily numb your tooth. This may help you in the short term but I would recommend seeing a dentist to assess and treat the reason for the tooth pain in the first place.
If a nerve is exposed the clove oil (eugenol) can help calm the nerve. If the tooth is abscessed it will not relieve the pain and it will have to be treated by a dentist and you may need antibiotics
You need a little more medication besides just the herbal effects of clove oil and your Pharmacy will have a product called Orajel that has a topical anesthetic in it to a low degree which willabeth pain. This does not require a prescription and is over the counter purchase