FYI, Shelley, just to let you know it's been a few weeks since my first filling replacements. I was persistent about using cloves for several days and the pain has incrementally diminished over this time time. I had the 3rd and last Amalgam filling replaced this morning. It was much deeper than the first and hurt during the procedure; however, I've had a clove on the tooth all day and now that all the novacaine has all worn off, I feel no pain. I didn't take ibuprofen either. So, I really think there is something to the clove theory. It must calm the tooth and reduce the inflammation as the writer suggested. I also think it's important to give it time, as you said.