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Dry Socket

A painful post-extraction condition

Reviewed by Edward Kwon, DDS | Updated February 5th, 2023

Experiencing a toothache

A dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after a tooth extraction. It occurs when the protective blood clot that normally forms over the socket after an extraction dissolves or becomes dislodged. This exposes the underlying bone and nerves, causing serious pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of a dry socket include:

  • Intense pain that radiates from the extraction site to the jaw, ear, or neck
  • A bad taste in the mouth or foul odor from the socket
  • Visible bone in the socket
  • A reduction in swelling and healing at the extraction site

If you are experiencing symptoms of a dry socket, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will be able to diagnose the condition and provide appropriate treatment to relieve your pain and promote healing.

It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions from your dentist to minimize the risk of developing a dry socket. This includes avoiding smoking, straws, and rinsing the mouth for the first 24 hours after the extraction.

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