How Is Dry Socket Diagnosed?

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Diagnosis of a dry socket is based on the patient’s history of:
  • Dental treatment;
  • Clinical examination;
  • The individual's symptoms.
Typically, symptoms for a dry socket develop in two to four days after a tooth extraction. Most dry sockets happen within the first week after tooth extraction. A dentist or oral surgeon will be likely to suspect dry socket for any case of severe pain following a tooth extraction but will also examine the person for signs of any other complications. If necessary, the person will be sent for X-rays to rule out a bone infection, or to see if fragments of the bone or roots of the extracted tooth remain and cause the pain. Please consult your doctor for more information. Keywords: dry socket diagnosed.
Pain meds?
Treatment usually involves symptomatic support while the socket heals. Initially, the dentist will gently irrigate to clear the socket of food debris. Next, an analgesic medicated dressing or packing is placed within the socket to cover the exposed bone. This usually provides immediate relief. This dressing may need to be replaced every few days during the healing process. The dressing is often coated with "dry socket paste," which is made up of ingredients with pain-relieving properties, including eugenol (clove oil).
Additionally, medications can be prescribed to manage the pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil or Aleve) or narcotics (such as hydrocodone/acetaminophen [Vicodin]) are often used to relieve.
Where can ingest dry socket paste
A dry socket paste is made up of ingredients with pain-relieving properties, including eugenol (clove oil). Don't swallow the paste although a dry socket paste usually does not contain toxins. But it doesn't really matter if a small amount of dry socket paste is swallowed. It is advised that dry socket paste is not for unsupervised home use, so do not attempt to apply it yourself without seeking advice from your dentist.