How Do You Treat A Dry Socket At Home?

by Paulo Pinho on Sep 9, 2019 Health and Fitness 169 Views


So you have successfully removed your wisdom teeth, and everything went well. But, after a couple of days, you could feel the mild discomfort in the extraction site, and you feel a hole. Well, you may have a dry socket, which means the blood clot formed to help heal after the extraction of wisdom teeth Melbourne has been dislodged. What should you do now? Here is what you need to know about the condition and some remedies which you can try at home to ease the discomfort before you visit the dentist.

What is a dry socket?

It is a painful condition that occurs when a blood clot is formed after the extraction. This is a complication of wisdom teeth removal procedure but rarely occurs if a patient fails to take good care of the surgical site. Yes, if you have poor oral health or smoke after removing a tooth, you are more likely to develop a dry socket.

Symptoms of dry socket include

- Throbbing pain

- Bad breath

- Mild to high fever

- An unpleasant taste in your mouth

Although dry socket is an unpleasant experience, it can be treated. The treatment involves applying a medicated dressing to the extraction area and flushing out the socket.

Home remedies

The following home remedies will help to get relief from the above symptoms. But, you need to consult with your dentist before trying the home remedies.

Rinse with saltwater

Rinse your mouth with the saltwater to ease the pain and discomfort caused by the dry socket. In fact, following this after the wisdom teeth removal Melbourne may help prevent dry socket in the first place. A study found that patients who haven’t rinsed with salt water after the extraction are more likely to develop dry socket compared to those who did. Rinse twice in a day to ease the pain.

Clove oil

Clove oil consists of antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that help to prevent infections. It also minimises the pain as it consists of eugenol, a pain-relieving property. You can use this oil by applying one or two drops to clean gauze and placing it on the extraction site.

Ice packs

Another great way to relieve from the discomfort is to apply an ice pack on the area. You can hold it for 10 minutes and repeat the same as many times you need.


It has antibacterial properties and helps to protect against infection. It may also help prevent necrosis.

The wisdom teeth removal cost in Melbourne are affordable and dry socket occurs rarely. Keep in mind; these home remedies are a temporary solution. If you want to cure it, visit the dentist and get it treated.

The author is a dentist and a blogger who provides affordable wisdom teeth removal in Melbourne. Visit for more details.

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