As Debbie would say, "It's official. I'm one of the 5-10% of post-wisdom tooth extraction patients stricken with alveolar osteitis." I have dry socket. The dentist put some clove oil on a piece of gauze and packed it in there.
This seems like a medieval remedy to me (like a concoction you put on and then sleep facing the north with a wooden spoon hanging over your head to keep away the socket-drying spirits or something), but clove supposedly deadens the nerve endings.
I think people used to chew clove-flavored gum back in the day. Maybe that was when sap of a mandrake root was a treat or something because this stuff tastes awful.