How Long Does Dry Socket Dental Pain Last?

Dry Socket dental pain occurs after extraction of a tooth is some people. This article will help those in need of pain relief.

If you have unfortunately become the unlucky recipient of a Dry Socket after a tooth extraction the first thing you want to know is what can you do about the pain, the second is how long will this last?


1.  Here are some things I found helpful with my dry socket:

  • One Ibuprofen (Advil or generic) and one extra strength Tylenol every 4-5 hours as needed works for me. Unfortunately for the first few days the effect of these pills would wear off after about two and a half hours but I had to wait at least four hours before I could take another dose.
  • Take the antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist!
  • Avoid hot drink for the first couple of days as it seems to irritate the fresh wound
  • Do NOT use a straw as suction in your mouth will dislodge blood clots and irritate the wound
  • Apply some clove oil diluted to 50% with vegetable oil directly into the socket with an eyedropper as needed. Be careful with this stuff as it will burn like cayenne pepper on your skin, tongue, lips etc! This doesn’t help too much but it definitely does provide some relief. (You should be able to get this at health food or alternative medicine stores). I *think* this is one of the main ingredients in the dry socket paste the dentist put in.
  • Advil PM has been a savior at night. Before finding this I could not sleep through a night because the regular Advil/Tylenol would wear off after a couple of hours.
  • Don’t use mouthwashes with alcohol (like Listerine) until your are better since they shrink the gums and kind of hurts! Try a mild salt-water solution for rinsing and rinse every time you eat something. If food gets stuck in the socket it irritates it and causes more pain! (don’t rinse or smoke for the first 24 hours after extraction though, it can dislodge the clots)

2.  Unfortunately, dry socket pain can last anywhere from 2 days to 6 WEEKS!  Educate yourself, try different things and stick with what works for you.

I’m not a doctor and don’t want to give anyone any medical advice so I would suggest talking to your dentist/doctor before trying anything!  If you find something that works for you, list it here to help everyone.  Good luck.

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  1. did your dry socket pain ever return? i have heard of some people where they have problems years later?

  2. mine has not yet… thankfully! i have been pain free since my bout with dry socket.

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