Dry Socket | MouthHealthy - Oral Health Information from the ADA

Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. It happens when the blood clot that forms over your socket is displaced; leaving bone and nerves exposed. If this happens, notify your dentist.

Treatment may include:

  • Cleaning the site of the extraction and placing a medicated dressing in the socket.
  • Changing the dressing daily until the pain diminishes and the socket begins to heal.
  • Prescribing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Avoiding cigarette smoking or other tobacco use, as it can delay healing.