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What over-the-counter medications are available for dry socket?

To help with the pain of dry socket, which occurs when a blood clot becomes dislodged after a tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend over-the-counter (OTC), or non-prescription pain relief medications, such as acetominophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve). When taking the medications, make sure to follow the package directions carefully. If you have other health conditions or are taking other medications, talk to your dentist, doctor, or pharmacist about whether OTC pain relievers are a safe choice for you.

Consult your dentist if you have dry socket, a painful condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and the blood clot that forms over your socket is displaced, leaving bone and nerves exposed. Your dentist may prescribe an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

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