Treatment of dry socket
The treatment of a dry socket consists mostly of pain management and ensuring a clean from bacteria environment to allow the gum to heal properly. If you’ve developed a dry socket or feel pain more than three days after a tooth extraction, immediately book an appointment with your dentist.
During your review, your dentist will sanitise the area of the tooth extraction and ensure there are no remains of the extracted tooth. They will apply medication to help the gums heal faster and prescribe pain medication and cleaning products following the treatment.
Make sure you take your medication strictly following the prescription of your dentist and do not miss any following appointments. Needless to say, you should be very careful when brushing the area around the dry socket and avoid any foods which may additionally irritate the gums.
During the treatment of a dry socket, ensure that:
- you drink plenty of water;
- you strictly avoid carbonated drinks;
- you don’t smoke or chew tobacco;
- you don’t use a straw for drinking;
- use chilled pads on the cheek of the extraction if you need to reduce swelling;
- rinse very gently with warm water (or any prescribed mouth wash) several times a day;
- follow strict oral hygiene.