iCliniq logo

Ask a Doctor Online Now

HomeAnswersDentistrydry socketWhy is my dry socket not getting better despite packing it?

I got my dry sockets packed twice already, then why is the pain not going down?

I got my dry sockets packed twice already, then why is the pain not going down?

The following is an actual conversation between an iCliniq user and a doctor that has been reviewed and published as a Premium Q&A.

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At December 25, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 11, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had four teeth extracted a week ago, two on top and two on the bottom. I did not get numb at all, so I felt it all. I was diagnosed with a dry socket on the bottom. The dentist that I went to packed it twice now, after 4 to 5 days. As the extracted teeth were adjacent teeth, so when he packed them, the packing was connected. The packing that was on the top of the gum connecting the two holes ate the bone in between the two extracted teeth. So, I called the dentist, and his nurse said it was normal. She said that the dentist might have done it while suturing the extraction. But it was not thereafter he extracted. What could this be and what should I do? It is not getting any better, and the pain is getting worse as days pass. No other dentist will see me because it is his work and not theirs.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your query.

Dry socket after extraction is caused due to the blood clot getting dislodged from the extraction socket. So ideally, the dry socket should be curetted, which means it should be cleaned and irrigated with medicine, and an obtundent dressing must be placed. This is what your dentist did. The brown discharge or paste is the dressing. It will take around a week to 15 days for the pain to subside. You should go for regular dressings and maintain that area clean. Food lodgement in the socket can again cause infection and give more trouble. It is fine if the dressing is connected.I suggest using Betadine mouthwash twice a day to help in healing. Betadine should be diluted with an equal amount of water, and after rinsing with it, you should not drink water for at least 20 minutes. I hope this will help you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava
Dr. Pallavi Srivastava


Community Banner Mobile
By subscribing, I agree to iCliniq's Terms & Privacy Policy.

Read answers about:

dry socketbetadine

Ask your health query to a doctor online


*guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. iCliniq privacy policy