What Can You Do About Dry Socket?

Treating Dry Socket

Having a tooth extracted isn’t an enjoyable procedure, and you will likely experience some discomfort after. However, if the pain gets worse and doesn’t get any better after a few days, you could be dealing with a dry socket.

Only 2-5% of people experience dry socket after an extraction, and while it is extremely uncomfortable, the condition is treatable.

If you suspect that you have a dry socket, you will likely experience pain that worsens with time. This usually starts about two days after the tooth is pulled, and it can radiate all the way up to the ear. Other symptoms include a foul taste in your mouth and bad breath.

Young woman in pain is having a toothache isolated on white background

Young woman in pain is having a toothache.

Once you start to experience these symptoms, you can take NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin to help with the discomfort. In some cases, these medications will do enough to ease your pain before you can get in to see your dentist.

Once you visit with your dentist, he will first clean the tooth socket to remove debris from the hole. Next, the socket will be filled up with a paste or medicated dressing in order to encourage the area to heal. You’ll likely need to come back to visit your dentist every few days in order to change the dressing until the socket begins to heal and your pain subsides. You may also require antibiotics to ensure that the socket doesn’t get infected.

Preventing Dry Socket

Obviously, preventing dry socket before it arises is the best possible course of action when it comes to dry socket. To prevent the condition, make sure that you don’t smoke, and talk to your dentist about medications that you are taking to ensure they aren’t interfering with blood clotting. You also need to avoid drinking with a straw for the first few days, and if you have other questions about how to best care for your mouth following an extraction, please contact our office today.

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