Dry socket is more common in people with diabetes, smokers and women who take birth control pills. It occurs after 3% to 5% of tooth extractions. It is more common after the removal of premolar or molar teeth, especially impacted wisdom teeth (third molars) in the lower jaw.
Some dressings melt on their own. Others need to be changed or removed. Some dentists use a dissolvable sponge soaked with an antibiotic solution. You may also be prescribed pain relievers or told to take over-the-counter medicine for pain relief.
Once your dentist decides that dressings are no longer required, he or she will explain how to rinse the socket.