Dry sockets are very common after a dental extraction and normally do not get infected or lead to serious complications. However, the pain associated with a dry socket can be excruciating. Some home remedies work well at relieving this pain.
Alveolar osteitis, commonly called a dry socket is a common complication which usually follows a tooth extraction procedure. It is caused when the blood clot in the area of the extracted tooth dissolves or moves before the wound can heal, thereby exposing underlying nerves and bones.
Tooth Extraction Dry Socket Symptoms
- Excruciating pain (normally 2 to 3 days after extraction).
- Pain circulates from the socket to the eye, temple, ear or the neck on the side of the tooth extraction.
- Noticeable bone in the socket.
- Bad breath.
- Undesirable taste in the mouth.
- Lymph nodes around the neck and jaw swell-up.
How To Prevent Dry Socket?
The dentist may make take steps to prevent dry socket but some steps which can be taken at home to aid prevention include:
- Immediately prior to and post-surgery, use antibacterial mouthwashes / gels.
- Apply antiseptics to the wound.
- Women on oral contraceptives can try and schedule dental procedures between 23rd and 28th day of the menstrual cycle. The estrogen level is low at this time.
- Stop tobacco and smoking for at least 24 hours prior to and post extraction.
- · Get plenty of rest on the day of extraction and avoid rigorous exercise, which may move the blood clot, for a week.
- Drink plenty of fluids after the extraction, but for a day, avoid caffeine, alcohol, carbonated and hot beverages. Don’t use a straw for drinking.
- For a day, only consume soft foods, like yogurt, apple sauce, etc. Eat semisolid foods thereafter but avoid anything that is hot, spicy or chewy.
- For a day after the extraction, don’t brush with a tooth brush and paste; Use your fingers lightly or preferably just rinse with warm salt water every couple of hours.
Home Remedies For Dry Socket
They is no fixed healing time for a dry socket but generally up to 10 days, the pain starts waning gradually and healing speeds up.
Some home remedies can aid in minimizing the pain. These include:
- Pat some clove oil to the dry socket and teeth around it. Clove oil, which is a natural antiseptic and natural pain reliever is supposed to be one of the best remedies. You can do this twice a day.
- A cold compress or ice pack on the face can reduce swelling and pain.
- Gently bite into a cold tea bag with the teeth near the affected area.
- Gently bite into a piece of damp gauze. This prevents saliva and air from coming in contact with the dry socket. Saliva and air can add to the pain. Change the gauze, as and when required.
- Turmeric, a natural antiseptic, has the ability to fight infection and reduce inflammation. Add a pinch of turmeric (easily available in Indian groceries) to a cup of lukewarm water and gargle or rinse with this solution.
- Include yogurt, a natural antibiotic, in the diet.
- Avoid eating with the painful side of the mouth. It will increase the pain, plus the area will come in contact with food and water.
- Rest and try to get some sleep.