ORAL SURGERY : What Is a Dry Socket?

This condition is a common post-operative complication associated with having a tooth extracted.

It involves a situation where an extraction site's healing process is interrupted (delayed) due to the loss of the blood clot that normally occupies the empty tooth socket. 


The predominate signs of a dry socket include: 1) Throbbing pain and 2) A foul odor and taste coming from the extraction site.

Characteristically, these symptoms do not appear until a few days after the tooth was removed. Pain medications on their own, even prescription ones, are seldom effective in managing the discomfort associated with a dry socket. 

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