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What is the treatment for dry socket?

The dry socket is treated by flushing the extraction site with warm salt water solution and packing the socket with gauze or a gelatin sponge coated with an antiseptic dressing. Clove oil when mixed into a paste has been used effectively in treating dry sockets due to its soothing properties. The dressing is replaced every 1 to 3 days, depending on the severity of pain, until the pain goes away. As soon as the pain is gone, the socket must be allowed to heal on its own.

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Comment from: Xstar15, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had severe pain that began to escalate after the 4th day of extraction. I washed it with warm normal saline. I did not use straws to drink anything. The pain has radiated across the right part of the face towards the ear. It became excruciating and did not respond to clove drops, ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen. My physician prescribed Hydrocodone and Percocet. I was told that the pain might last up to 10 days.

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Comment from: Meaghan S, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I just got treated for a dry socket today. From what I've heard, a very rare type where a secondary hole appeared beside my extraction site. The dentist scrapped the clot out and the secondary hole which I might add was excruciating. Never let him/her do it without some freezing. I was told it'd be tender but felt like I was being shoved through a paper shredder. Anyway, now that I've scared you, he scraped it clean and made it bleed (to form a new clot) and filled it with some mintyish goop so it can heal correctly. My secondary hole that appeared was left alone besides the bone being trimmed and was told it could take well over a month to heal closed. The infection should be gone within a few days and pain in 10 to 40 days.

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