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A 33-year-old female asked:

have a dry socket from tooth extraction. there is currently an ice storm and can't get to dentist. what can i do to relieve pain in the meantime?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Pain relief: Sorry you are in such a situation. Best to keep it clean with gentle rinsing (warm water), or irrigation with a plastic syringe if you have one. Also, take ibuprofen every 4-6 hours if needed to help with the inflammation and pain. Beyond that -- nothing you can do. Needs to be cleaned and packed with medicated iodoform gauze. Then changed every 3-5 days. Good Luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
NSAIDs + Tylenol (acetaminophen): You can take NSAIDs or Tylenol) to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these OTC medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. Keep a good oral hygiene and clove oil has proved to be an effective treatment for dry socket. Take care.

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