A dry socket is a condition that may result after a tooth extraction if the blood clot that normally fills the socket is lost. The dry socket leaves underlying nerves exposed, which is very painful. The condition is treated by a dentist who cleans the wound and places a special dressing into the socket.
What is a dry socket after tooth removal?
The blood clot that forms after a tooth removal protects bone and nerve tissue. It also helps your gums heal, so you want it to stay in place until you’ve healed after surgery. Dry socket usually occurs because something moves or dissolves the blood clot from the socket.
When should I see my dentist about a dry socket?
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist right away. A dry socket can develop if, after tooth extraction, a protective blood clot doesn’t form in the vacated space. Dry socket can also develop if this blood clot becomes dislodged from your gums. But what prevents this blood clot from forming?
What are the symptoms of a dry socket tooth?
Signs and symptoms of dry socket may include: Severe pain within a few days after a tooth extraction. Partial or total loss of the blood clot at the tooth extraction site, which you may notice as an empty-looking (dry) socket.
What to do about a dry socket?
Dry socket. Diagnosis. Severe pain following a tooth extraction is often enough for your dentist or oral surgeon to suspect dry socket. He or she will also ask about any other symptoms and examine your mouth to see if you have a blood clot in your tooth socket and whether you have exposed bone.
What are the first signs of dry socket?
Symptoms of Dry socket. The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dry socket may include: Jaw pain. Fever. Swollen gums. Facial swelling. Swollen jaw lymph glands. Swollen lymph glands near the ear.
What are the dangers of dry socket?
Painful, dry socket rarely results in infection or serious complications. However, potential complications may include delayed healing of or infection in the socket or progression to chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis).
When can I stop worrying about dry socket?
Dry socket can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. However, if you passed the first week of the extraction without the usual symptoms or pain; then you are safe worry less. It is recommended you take all preventive measure in the first 24 hours of your extraction to avoid worrying about Dry socket.
How do you heal a dry socket?
Keeping the area clean is one of the best ways to help a healing dry socket. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water or a mouthwash provided by the dentist helps keep the area free of bacteria and also minimizes pain and swelling.