People suffering from dry socket need to visit a dentist to have the empty tooth socket cleaned and packed with a special dressing to prevent infection. Some patients might also receive painkillers or antibiotics, notes WebMD. Patients can prevent dry socket by avoiding excess mouth rinsing after a tooth extraction.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot dislodges from the empty socket of a recently pulled tooth. This leaves the bone and nerve exposed. Dry socket is characterized by the visible white bone in the tooth's socket. The painful condition also causes a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, according to WebMD.