After removing the tooth, we will feel sharp pain truly because of the forming of a dry socket, or also called alveolar otitis. The pain is due to the tooth extraction then leaving the bone as well as the nerve exposed to food, air and fluids. How to treat dry socket effectively? This article will answer this question for you with the most selected and effective solutions.
1. Cold Compress
This is very easy but effective way to make your dry socket symptoms be reduced and removed quickly. Cold compress not only can reduce the pain from your tooth to cheek but only is easy method for you to apply. All you need to do is soak a washcloth in cool water then squeeze out the excess water and finally place it on your face area where you are suffering the pain from dry socket. Especially take note that only cool water is used because ice water or very cold water can make your feel worse. Change your washcloth frequently to make sure it has cool temperature. You can apply this method in about 5 minutes and repeat it from 4 to 5 times per day during the first 2 days of your dry socket. After 2 days, instead of cold compress, you can apply hot compress similarly. Certainly warm water will be used in this case.
2. Black Tea Bags
Black tea bags are well known for our beauty, especially for the skin. Besides, it is amazing that black tea bags can treat dry socket effectively. The tannic acid existing in the black tea bags is like a natural antibiotic which fast reduces pain and swelling. Here is the guide of using this method for you.
- Soak a tea bag into hot water for a while, may be 5 minutes is enough.
- After that, take the tea bags out and remove the excess water. If you are tea lovers, just use your used tea bags.
- The next step is for cooling down the tea bags. Put it in your refrigerator for about 15 minutes or more than that if needed.
- After that, place the cold tea bag directly on the dry socket.
- To keep the tea bag in the right place of the dry socket, gently bite down on the tea bag with your teeth for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
- Finally rinse your mouth with warm water or with tea.
- This method is suggested using from 2 to 3 times per day. If needed, you can repeat the process.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Being famous for its natural antiseptic which is able to heal wound and prevent infection, oil of tea tree is ideal for your quick recover from dry socket. If your socket dry makes you worried that impurities may get stuck at which raw bone is exposed then causing bad infection, simply apply this tea tree oil method as following. We guarantee that you will be kept far away from infection and your dry socket will be healed. All you need to prepare is cotton swab and some drops of tea tree essential oil. At first, soak the cotton swab in water to get some moisture. The next step is put on the moisten cotton swab from 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. After that, let the swab lie on your dry socket for about 5 minutes. Finally, take out the swab and gently rinse it off with warm water. For better result, you can use warm water with salt as mention above. It is recommended that you use this tea tree oil method to treat dry socket from 2 to 3 times per day as needed.
4. Saline Water Rinse
Saline water rinse is well-known for our tooth and mouth health including treating dry socket quickly and effectively. It is also very easy to apply. Rinsing your mouth gently with warm salt water 24 hours after a tooth removal is highly effectively for treating dry socket. While salt is one of the best remedies for preventing any infection, the warm water aids relief both the pain and swelling. The combination of warm water and salt is perfect for treating dry socket. To achieve the best result, dentists suggest us using saline water rinse twice a day. Moreover, it is advised that you ought not to use too much salt. Only half small spoon of salt mixing with a glass of warm water is enough. Make sure that you stir this mixture well before using it from 2 to 3 times daily. You will find the amazing result soon.
Above tips are selected and proven to be effective by dentists. But in case your dry socket does not recovery and be worse unfortunately, conduct your dentist as soon as possible.
This article is written by Jenny Heth – Senior Editor of Authority Remedies.
Jenny is the apprentice at Nutrition Society of Australia after finishing her bachelor degree of Human Nutrition at La Trobe University.
She is also pursuing her master degree of Food Science at University of Melbourne.
With the great passion for nutrition and healthy diet, her future is brighter than ever in becoming one of the finest nutritionists and dietitians.