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A 19-year-old female asked:

what is the cure for dry socket?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
A dental visit: The socket needs to be cleaned from bacterial debri and medication applied and stiches to hold it in. Antibiotics will be needed also.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 41 years experience
Seek help: Go to the professional that treated you and let them evaluate the situation. There is a medication that can be packed into the socket which will help relieve the pain. Also, you may need some pain medication until the socket begins to heal. If the area is infected you may need antibiotics.
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Not to get one!: Dry sockets occur due to a bacterial invasion of the tooth socket before the skin can migrate over it. It leaves the socket raw and exposed giving a pain not unlike a broken bone exposed through the skin. Avoid the issue by lowering your preoperative oral bacteria count by flossing daily for a month and possibly taking preoperative antibiotics. Prevent the infection to minimize the post-op pain.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for the medicine pack for a dry socket to fall out?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It is meant to fall out with time. If you are bleeding or having a problem, call the dentist or oral surgeon who performed or discuss with the doctor on call. Otherwise, observe and it should be okay. Do not hesitate to call or be seen. Socket to me!
A 65-year-old member asked:

What is a dry socket and how serious is it?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Very serious: Dry socket is a painful serious complication after a tooth is extracted. It is not common--only about 5-7% of all extractions.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with dry socket?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No, but DENTISTS do: If by doctor you mean your primary care md, then no. We are familiar with, but do not typically manage dry (dental) sockets. There are doctors who do (ent, oral surgeons, plastic surgeons), and dry sockets are painful and not uncommon (~ 5%). You could try over the counter pain medicine, warm salt water swish, or perhaps clove oil to help with symptoms until you see a dentist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do for my dry socket without going to a doctor?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
I can not help you: Need more information, which socket you talking about?
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What things make dry socket more likely?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dry socket: Oestrogen in women, smoking, poor general health.

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