Treatment of Dry Socket
Unfortunately, Dry socket pain will typically persist until the gums have healed sufficiently to cover the painful exposed bone. There is little we can do to speed along healing. Generally, Dr. Harris recommends supportive care such as over the counter pain medications in combination with narcotic pain relievers as needed.
Many dentists pack a dry socket with eugenol based medications that help decrease the pain temporarily. However, the packing process itself can irritate the dry socket and may slow healing.
In addition, when the temporary effects wear off, the pain will likely return. Often, once begun, the application of dry socket dressing must be performed daily until healed. Generally, Dr. Harris reserves the use of dry socket packing for severe cases only. Fortunately, this is very rare.
Everyone at High Desert Oral Surgery and Implant Center understands how difficult and upsetting getting a dry socket can be. We will strive to do everything we can to aid you in quick healing and managing any post-operative pain or complications. Please let us know if you have any questions or needs.
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