Dry Socket FAQ

What Is a Dry Socket?

A dry socket can occur after the tooth is removed and the clot doesn’t form or dissolves prematurely. Think of it as losing the scab on a skinned knee. The wound underneath is sensitive to touch and temperature.

How Do I Know That I Have a Dry Socket?

Pain that is getting worse in the lower extraction sites after three to four days that is not eased by pain medication can often mean you have a dry socket. If your pain is the same or better but still persistent and your pain medication addresses it, then it is likely not a dry socket. The only way to know for sure is to have the doctor evaluate the area.

How Do You Treat a Dry Socket?

It will heal on its own over time as a dry socket is just a form of delayed healing. However, if the pain is significant and isn’t eased by taking pain medication, a sedative dressing of Eugenol can be placed. The dressing doesn’t help it heal and is not necessary to have, but it will help with the pain.


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