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How do you flush out a dry socket?

I am a 29 year old male and I have a dry socket. How do you flush out a dry socket?

12 Answers

If you have a dry socket it is best to call the doctor that removed the tooth and have them clean out the area for you and place medicine to help relieve pain (if there is pain) and place medicine to help facilitate healing of the socket.
You should never flush out a dry socket. Dry sockets develop from losing the natural clot formed after the extraction, usually from a manual manipulation of the clot from swishing or flushing of the area. The best thing to do if you have a dry socket is to have it professionally packed by your dentist and then leaving the area alone until you are directed to do otherwise.
Probably not great to flush out a dry socket. Best to return to your dentist for a dressing to be placed in the socket.
Let a dentist flush it.
Your dentist should have given you a take home syringe that you will either use with the antimicrobial mouthwash given at your extraction time or use hydrogen peroxide and water in the syringe. Make sure you do not place the tip of the syringe right in the socket. Your syringe is used around the socket side. Also, if you have a true dry socket, you should go back and see your dentist because then may need to back it with something else.
Gently. Best to use a plastic syringe filled with warm water and gently lavage the socket area
You simply gently flush it out with a dilute peroxide solution. Then place a sedative paste for the pain to go away. This is done as often as needed until the pain stops Could be daily or weekly or in between. Usually dry sockets happen in smokers. Are you a smoker?

Alan B. Steiner, DMD
After an extraction has clotted, it is recommended that you rinse with water after every meal for the next week to keep the area clean to encourage normal healing. A dry socket occurs when the socket does not clot properly. Usually this is painful, and the doctor will apply a dry socket paste to the area to reduce pain and encourage a clot to form so natural healing can occur. I am not sure what you mean. If a doctor told you to flush it out, then rinse with water after eating. If not, I am afraid rinsing might cause it to bleed because of a clotting problem. Ask your doctor.
Use salt water from a syringe.
Warm salt water rinses, but more importantly, go back to your dentist and ask him/her to put in Dry Socket Medication.
You have to see your local dentist to treat a dry socket.

Sorry to hear that you have dry socket (I hope you informed the doctor that extracted your teeth). You can not flush out dry socket. Your bone heals after an extraction from the sides of the socket. The first step is to form a blood clot in the socket to protect the socket from bacteria in your mouth and food. It also helps during the healing process. Dry socket is when you lose that clot. This means that your socket is now exposed to everything mentioned above. The best way to manage dry socket is by keeping it clean: warm salt water rinses. If it is painful you can see the doctor that extracted your tooth and ask him/her to put in dry socket paste (this usually alleviates the pain, but it does taste pretty bad).
Hope this helps.

Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD