Will a dry socket heal on its own?
In most cases, dry socket will heal on its own, but as the site heals patients will likely continue to experience discomfort. If you do choose to treat dry socket at home, you need to clean the wound with cool water, irrigate the socket with saline, and keep gauze over the socket.
What are the first signs of a dry socket?
Signs of dry socket may include:
- Severe pain within a few days after having a tooth removed.
- Empty space at extraction site due to partial or total loss of the blood clot.
- Visible bone within the empty socket.
- Pain radiating from the socket to the eye, ear, temple or neck.
- Bad breath or unpleasant taste.
How do you treat a dry socket at home?
Lifestyle and home remedies
Avoid smoking or using tobacco products. Drink plenty of clear liquids to remain hydrated and to prevent nausea that may be associated with some pain medications. Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day. Brush your teeth gently around the dry socket area.
How common is dry socket?
The occurrence of dry socket is relatively rare, occurring in about 2% of tooth extractions. However, that percentage rises to at least 20% when it involves the removal of mandibular impacted third molars (lower wisdom teeth).