Dry Socket

Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful condition that occasionally happens after a tooth extraction. It can be healed or recovered with help of Home Remedies for Dry Socket. It happens because the blood clot at the site of the extraction fails to develop, or it displaces or dissolves before the socket has completely healed or recovered. The blood clot works as a protective layer over the bone and nerve endings in the tooth socket stimulating the growth of new bone and soft tissues.

Dry socket is the most common complication following tooth extractions, such as the removal of third molars (wisdom teeth).

Signs and symptoms:

  • Pain within few days (Usually 4th Day onwards)
  • Loss of the blood clot noticed as an empty-looking (dry) socket
  • Pain that radiates to ear, eye, forehead or neck on the same side of face as the extraction
  • Bad breath or a foul odor
  • Unpleasant taste

Risk factors for dry socket formation:

  • Smoking and tobacco- May prevent or slow healing and contaminate the wound site. Cigarette smoking may physically dislodge the blood clot.
  • Oral contraceptives. High estrogen levels from oral contraceptives may disrupt normal healing processes and increase the risk of dry socket.
  • Improper home care. Failure to follow postoperative instructions and poor oral hygiene efforts may increase the risk of dry socket.
  • Dry socket history. If you've had dry socket in the past, you're more likely to develop it.
  • Infection. Current or previous infections around the extracted tooth increases the risk of dry socket.


Treatment of dry socket focuses on reducing symptoms, particularly pain. Dry socket treatment may include:

  • Irrigation of the socket. Flushing out the socket can remove any food particles or other debris that may contribute to pain or possible infection.
  • Medicated dressings. Packing the socket with medicated gel or paste and medicated dressings. This can provide relatively immediate pain relief.
  • Self-care. Once the dressing is removed, you may need to flush the socket at home with warm saline rinses to promote healing and eliminate debris.

It is best advised to visit our office for dry socket, but some home remedies can help ease the pain.

Home Remedies

  • Clove oil

Clove oil can protect against infection because it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.You can use clove oil to ease the pain of dry socket by applying one or two drops to a clean gauze and placing it on the tooth extraction site. However you should only use clove oil as a temporary remedy.

  • Salt Water Rinses

Rinsing with warm salt water can help reduce bacterial infection and swelling. It can also flush out any food particles from the socket. Keeping this area clean can reduce pain and lower the risk of infection.

  • Hot and Cold compression

You can apply a cold compress to help relieve pain and reduce swelling the day after their tooth extraction. Then switch to using a hot compress, such as a warm cloth, on the outside of their face.

  • Honey

Honey has antibacterial properties and may protect against infection. It may also help prevent necrosis.You can make and apply a honey dressing by soaking a ball of sterile gauze in honey and dabbing it gently onto the extraction site.

  • Turmeric

You can use turmeric to help treat dry socket. The turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce pain and aid wound healing. A dressing of turmeric and mustard oil reduced pain, discomfort, and inflammation in people with dry socket.

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