Dental Dry Socket

A dental dry socket can happen after a tooth is pulled. When a tooth gets pulled, it leaves a hole (socket). Normally, blood fills up the hole and hardens (clots). A dry socket happens if blood gets removed from the hole or does not fill the hole.

HOME CARE

  • Follow your dentist's instructions.

  • Only take medicines as told by your dentist.

  • Take your medicine (antibiotics) as told if you are given medicine. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Wait 1 day to rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Spit water out very gently.

  • Avoid bubbly (carbonated) drinks.

  • Avoid alcohol.

  • Avoid smoking.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your medicine does not help your pain.

  • You have puffiness (swelling), severe pain, or you cannot stop bleeding.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have trouble swallowing or cannot open your mouth.

  • You have severe problems (symptoms).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.