Are there alternative treatments for dry socket?

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Treatments for dry socket can assist in relieving pain and helping the healing process. Consult your dentist.

Treatment may include:
  • Using ice packs to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Cleaning the site of the extraction and placing a medicated dressing in the socket. 
  • Changing the dressing daily until the pain diminishes and the socket begins to heal.
  • Prescribing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

There are some ways to treat the pain of dry socket without using medication. You can place ice packs on your cheeks to bring down the swelling and decrease the pain. It is also important to drink lots of clear fluids to stay hydrated. You can use clove oil to treat the pain, too. This essential oil contains eugenol, which can be used as a local anesthetic, antibiotic, and analgesic. A salt water rinse can be helpful, too.

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