What Do Dry Sockets Feel Like?

What are the first signs of 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.

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 can you do for a dry socket?

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.

Can you get dry socket after 5 days?

Dry socket is a condition that can occur after tooth removal. It usually happens 3–5 days after surgery. Dry socket causes intense pain because it exposes the nerves and bones in the gum. Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, can last for up to 7 days.