What can I do for dry socket?

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I’m 55 female I had teeth extracted my mouth of course hurts but it feels like I have puss feel like nasty taste in my mouth  meds just  my inhaler abuteral and ibuprofen

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There are different treatments available for dry socket that your dentist or oral surgeon can prescribe to you. When you have to wait to get into see them, however, these home treatments can help alleviate symptoms.

Warm salt water

Even if your oral surgeon gives you medication, they’ll also encourage you to rinse the affected area with warm salt water several times a day. It can help eliminate bacteria and reduce or prevent further infection.

Cold and heat therapy

For the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction, use cold packs against your face for fifteen minutes at a time to reduce swelling. Afterwards, you can use heat in the form of warm washcloths to manage pain.

Clove oil

Clove oil contains eugenol, which has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial benefits.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can be effective at reducing both pain and swelling.

Avoid tobacco and other irritants

Smoking and other tobacco use increase your risk of developing dry socket and can also make it more difficult to treat. You should avoid all smoking and tobacco products while you’re treating and recovering from dry socket.

Does the ibuprofen work? Do you have pus at the teeth? You may try mouthwash first. If it does not work, you need to go to a dentist and see whether debridement is needed.