Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dry socket rarely results in infection or serious complications. But getting the pain under control is a top priority. You can help promote healing and reduce symptoms during treatment of dry socket by following your dentist's instructions for self-care after your tooth extraction. You'll likely be told to:

  • Put cold packs on the outside of your face in the first 48 hours after extraction and warm packs after that, to help decrease pain and swelling
  • Take pain medications as prescribed
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products
  • Drink plenty of clear liquids to remain hydrated and to prevent nausea that may be associated with some pain medications
  • Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day
  • Brush your teeth gently around the dry socket area

Keep scheduled appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon for dressing changes and other care. If your pain returns or worsens before your next scheduled appointment, call your provider.

July 16, 2013