ONE of the top annoying things for dental patients is going through the experience of a dry socket after having a tooth pulled. A typical scenario for a dry socket is intense pain after the tooth has been removed.
The pain has actually nothing to do with infection, despite what most people believe.
It's to do with the blood clot not forming properly in the socket and so the bone that lines the socket is exposed to the air, which results in the pain.
So minor bleeding after a tooth out is a good thing (love your blood!); it means that the body will heal itself faster and more comfortably.
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Dry sockets are relatively rare, with only about 2 per cent of people who have a tooth removed developing them. However, this really is no consolation if you are going through one.
The proper term for dry socket is alveolar osteitis and it can give throbbing pain – sometimes even worse than a tooth abscess pain – and make adjacent teeth feel that they are sore.
By Lucy Stock