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A 20-year-old female asked:

i have a dry socket from a wisdom teeth extraction, what can i do to ease the pain?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 22 years experience
Keep it clean: Dry socket is caused by poor primary closure or poor healing of the extraction sire. If you are smoker stop smoking immediately. Keep the area clean to promote better healing. Rinse with with warm water and salt and see your dentist asap.
Dr. Donovan Young
Dentistry 29 years experience
Keep it clean and make an appt to followup with your doctor ASAP! Over the counter or prescription medications do not work in relieving the throbbing pain or discomfort. It needs to be curettage by the Doctor and have a medicated dry socket dressing placed in the extraction site.
Sep 5, 2012
Dr. Donovan Young
Dentistry 29 years experience
Studies have shown that women are prone to get a dry socket 4:1 versus their counterparts. Studies have also shown woem to react differently when prescribed pain medication. Warm salt water rinses will help to soothe the area. We have found using a soft tissue laser assist in alleviating the pain and removing necrosis tissue
Sep 5, 2012
Dr. Donald Nimz
Dentistry 43 years experience
See your dentist: The dentist can rinse out the socket , may prescribe antibiotics, and possible place a medicated packing which can relive pain rapidly
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
See Your Dentist: Your dentist will medicate the socket. See your dentist asap. Any anti-inflammatory medication can help. Aleve, (naproxen) motrin, advil and even a holistic alternative arnica. Loritab or something similar is usually prescribed with tooth extractions, for patients who have no allergy to codeine. A very gentle salt water rinse after 24 hours can be soothing and healing but will not stop the pain.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
See a dentist: Assuming you actually do have dry socket, see your dentist and a soothing medication can be placed in the sockets. Usually the pain resolves quickly after this.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms and pain from a dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Dry Socket Symptoms: Normal to feel some pain & discomfort after extraction, however...If on 3-4th day after the procedure the pain increases substantially & character of pain changes (throbbing more, radiating more to ear & temple) & if the pain medicine that you were taking is now grossly inadequate, then fibrinolytic alveolitis - is high on list of possibilities. Dressings exist & help immensely.

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