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What is the treatment for a dry socket?

Treatment usually involves symptomatic support while the socket heals. Initially, the dentist will gently irrigate to clear the socket of food debris. Next, an analgesic medicated dressing is placed within the socket to cover the exposed bone. This usually provides immediate relief. This dressing may need to be replaced every few days during the healing process. The dressing is often coated with "dry socket paste" which is made up of ingredients pain-relieving properties.

Additionally, medications are usually prescribed to manage the pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil or Aleve) or narcotics (such as Vicodin) are often used to relieve pain.

Home treatment or home remedies for a dry socket should be limited to over-the-counter pain medications for pain management. Delaying a follow-up visit with the dentist or surgeon could prolong the pain as well as the healing time.

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Comment from: flyerfan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

Clinically my symptoms were textbook, foul taste with malodorous smell. Upon diagnosis I was treated with packing of medicinal iodoform every other day. It lasted for about 2 weeks.

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