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Dry Socket Paste | How It Reduces Pain and Swelling | Wisdom Tooth Pain

Dry socket paste uses to relieve severe pain and swelling due to alveolar osteitis or dry socket. Patients who do not follow their dentist's post-operative aftercare tips and instructions fell into serious complications. Dry socket also is known as alveolar osteitis, is one of the serious complications.
Pain, swelling, and discomfort usually went after 2 to 3 days of a wisdom tooth removal. In rare cases, the pain increases over the time and people feel the bad breath, bad taste, and slightly fever after three days of wisdom tooth extraction. These are the major symptoms of dry socket or alveolar osteitis.

Smoking, use of alcohol and alcoholic products (even mouthwashes), hard and rough foods, hot liquids like coffee, tea etc, carbonated beverages, are included in wisdom teeth removal aftercare tips and instructions. You need to drink water and other fluids without a straw, because sucking motion of your mouth may lead to a dry socket.

Read: How to Prevent Dry Socket after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

A blood clot forms naturally just after a tooth extraction or removal. It prevents the food particles and air to interrupt with the open nerve endings and jawbone. Hence, increase the healing process after a wisdom tooth removal. Dry socket symptoms like smoking, alcohol, and use of straw increase the risk of a blood clot to dislodge or dissolve. So, it causes severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Over the counter medicines like Tylenol (Paracetamol), Ibuprofen, Flurbiprofen will not help you in this situation. So don't waste your time trying over the counter drugs or other home remedies like clove or clove oil, salt water rinse, olive oil, tea tree oil or olive oil to relieve a dry socket wisdom teeth. What you need is to visit a dentist or oral surgeon again and discuss about your condition.
Read: Wisdom Teeth Infection After Extraction

Dry Socket Paste

Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe you some painkiller tablets for instant relief from pain and swelling. He or she may also use a medicated dressing which contains dry socket paste for the treatment of a dry socket or alveolar osteitis.

First, your dentist will flush the socket or surgery area with sterile water, completely clean the socket from debris and other waste material which may increase the healing process or cause the secondary infection. The dry socket treatment also called as palliative treatment. Because it just reduces the symptoms and signs of a dry socket. Dry socket paste or dressing increases the healing process but provide instant relief from severe pain within few seconds of placement.

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Dry Socket Paste Ingredients

Your dentist or oral surgeon after diagnosis an alveolar osteitis may use a dry socket paste or dressing for instant relief. But a question arises "What are the active ingredients in dry socket paste".

Dry socket paste usually contains Eugenol (an ingredient found in clove or clove oil). Eugenol has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to relieve dry socket pain and swelling. Some dry socket paste made of eugenol, guaiacol, benzocaine, chlorobutanol, and iodoform etc. These all have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.

Above article explains the how dry socket paste helps to reduce dry socket pain?. It contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory ingredients which provide instant relief from aches. The Effect of dressing will go after 24 hours, so you need to replace it with a new one. This may take 1 weeks to 3 weeks for healing, so be careful and visit your dentist every day to avoid other complications like infection, cysts etc.