Treating dry sockets.
The most effective treatment for a dry socket comes from your dentist. That's because they'll provide care that's focused on two fronts: Creating pain relief and providing support and reassurance.
Can you treat a dry socket on your own?
Assuming that a person has correctly diagnosed their condition, there are steps they can take that can be helpful. But this approach won't be as comprehensive as the level of care their dentist can provide. Use the link to the right for more information.
How does a dentist treat a dry socket?
a) The initial evaluation.
As a start, your dentist will first need establish that it's likely that you do indeed have a dry socket.
They'll need to quiz you about the nature of your symptoms and inspect your wound.
They'll also want to know about the timing of events. In most cases, post-extraction healing progresses normally for some days before the symptoms of a dry socket start to set in.
b) Placement of a medicated dressing.
Once your dentist determines that it seems likely that you do have a dry socket, they'll typically take the following steps.
- First, they'll gently flush out your extraction site. (They want to wash away any loose debris that might inhibit the healing process or possibly create a secondary bacterial infection.)
- They'll then smear medicated paste onto a piece of gauze (or other type of carrier) and place it directly into your tooth's socket. (In most cases, this step is performed quickly, no anesthetic is used.)
- This dressing is typically changed every 24 to 48 hours, for 3 to 6 days. However, the exact frequency and duration is simply dictated by the patient's comfort requirements.
What ingredients do dry-socket pastes contain?
The specific medication that a dentist places will vary, based on their previous experience with different products.