Lewis D. Gilbert, DDS, LTD

Avoiding Dry Socket

At Southern West Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, we take great care to prepare patients for surgery and to provide useful aftercare instructions. One of our goals after tooth removal is to help you avoid the occurrence of a dry socket.

A dry socket, also know as alveolar osteitis, is a condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. When the socket is slow to heal, the gums leave an area exposed and a dry socket may develop and can be very painful for three to five days.

Treatment for dry socket may include cleaning the site and placing a medicated dressing in the socket, which helps relieve pain. The dressing may need to be replaced daily until the pain diminishes and the socket begins to heal. Your dentist or prosthodontist may recommend an anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, or prescribe other pain relievers to manage the pain associated with dry socket.