Home remedies for treating dry socket include rinses with peroxide, salt water and lemon juice, compresses of cold tea bags or gauze-soaked with clove oil, and pastes made of salt turmeric and mustard oil. Peroxide and saline rinses are effective antiseptics and prevent infections from developing.
Cold tea bags used as compresses contain tannins that reduce pain. Other methods, such as clove oil compresses or turmeric and mustard oil pastes, contain chemicals that alleviate pain and form barriers to prevent infections and debris from making contact with nerve endings.
Dry socket results when the blood clot that normally forms after a tooth extraction to protect nerve endings and bone fails to form or dislodges. Patients generally experience intense pain when the site becomes infected or when debris from food makes contact with exposed nerve endings.