How do I manage my dry socket on a daily basis?

Dry socket is a condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. When the socket is slow to heal, the condition can be very painful for three to five days or so.

The dentist's treatment may include cleaning the site and placing a medicated dressing in the socket, which helps provide relief of pain. The dentist may change the dressing daily until the pain diminishes and the socket begins to heal. The dentist may recommend a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or prescribe other pain relievers.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag as needed.
Flush out the dry socket area, where the tooth was pulled, every day using salt water and a curved-tip syringe to remove any food particles lodged inside it. When at home, place cold packs on the same side of the face as the dry socket to reduce swelling and pain.

If over-the-counter medications don’t relieve the pain, you may want to ask your doctor to prescribe a stronger painkiller. Don't smoke and be sure to brush gently near the socket and rinse out your mouth several times a day with salt water.

If you have dry socket, there are several ways you can manage the condition on a daily basis. You can use ice packs to cope with pain and swelling. You can use a warm saline rinse to clean your mouth, and you should refrain from using tobacco products. Stay hydrated, and brush the teeth around the extraction very gently. Clove oil, which contains eugenol, can also help with pain and swelling. You should also take any pain medication and keep your appointments with the dentist. If the condition gets worse, call your dentist.

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