Common tooth extraction complications: dry socket

Dry socket is a common and painful complication that can develop after tooth extraction, however, it can easily be treated.

Key takeaways:

- Your dentist can advise on preventing dry socket with self-care at home, such as avoiding carbonated, hot and alcoholic beverages and rinsing the socket regularly

- Treatment of dry socket includes medicated rinse/mouthwash, medicated gauze over the socket, pain medication, and antibiotics if infection is present

- Check to make sure your dentist has sufficient experience in removing teeth

“While medical management of dry socket will help relieve pain and promote healing, self-care at home is equally as important.”

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