Dentist Questions Dry Socket

Can a dry socket heal on its own?

I'm 30 years old, and after a tooth extraction I developed a dry socket where my tooth used to be. Can a dry socket heal on its own?

3 Answers

Yes, it takes time. It can take a few weeks, but it will heal and fill in. I recommend tylenol, motrin, or naproxen for discomfort.
Yes, a dry socket will heal on its own. It is an inflammation of the tooth socket following an extraction, usually caused because a stable blood clot does not form to cover the hole. This allows saliva and bacteria to inflame the bone. It is quite painful but will heal naturally once enough new bone and gum tissue grow to cover the exposure.
You should return to the Dr that extracted the tooth and he will place a medication in the socket that will help it to heal.