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Are over-the-counter medications available for dry socket?

You can use over-the-counter medications to treat the pain associated with dry socket. However, you should see your doctor, who will probably pack the site with medicated gauze and possibly give you a prescription pain killer. He may also flush out the socket and give you home instructions.

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