What are the treatment options for dry socket?

For dry socket, 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.

Treatment options for dry socket, an extremely painful condition that may occur after a tooth extraction, usually involve the dentist washing out the socket and plugging it with a medicated gauze-pad. The dentist will instruct you how to change the medicated gauze pad periodically until the painful socket has fully healed. You can take an analgesic to help relieve pain, but it's possible that you may need stronger pain relief medication.

To treat dry socket, the dentist may flush out the socket to remove any food that might contribute to infection or pain. You may have to flush the socket with a rinse at home. Your dentist also may soak a dressing in an anesthetic solution and place it in the socket. This will relieve the pain and should be used for a week. You should change the dressing at least every other day. Pain medications will give you relief, and there are both prescription and over-the-counter options.

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If you've just had a tooth extracted, particularly a wisdom tooth, you may start to feel a nasty pain a few days after the tooth extraction. Call your doctor or dentist to see if this is dry socket, a condition that can happen whe...

n the blood clot that is supposed to form in the socket where your tooth was gets dislodged. This will interfere with healing. Also known as alveolar osteitis, dry socket can cause pain not only where the tooth was but through the jaw and radiating to your ears. Learn more about preventing and treating dry socket with expert advice from Sharecare.

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