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 loosing 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 3-4 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, is likely not a Dry Socket. The only way to know for sure is to have your doctor evaluate the area.
How do you treat a Dry Socket?
It will heal on it’s 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.