Symptoms of dental dry socket may include pain that worsens and radiates to the ear, a hollow socket where bone is visible instead of a blood clot, and bad breath, according to WebMD. An unpleasant smell or bad taste in the mouth may also occur.
An over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, may help relieve the pain associated with dry socket, notes WebMD. In some cases a stronger prescription pain medication may be necessary for pain relief. Dentists treat dry socket by cleaning the area, then inserting gauze or a special paste to promote healing. Normally, a person with dry socket sees the dentist each day for a dressing change.