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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is the cure for dry socket?

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Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
Cosmetic Dentistry 15 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 42 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
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 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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What is a dry socket?

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Psychiatry 33 years experience
Dry socket: Is painful complication following tooth extraction. Helpful home remedy for pain is clove oil.

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