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What Is Dry Socket And What Are The Symptoms?

Dry socket is a complication following the removal of an adult tooth. It happens when a blood clot fails to develop in the tooth socket or if the blood clot is dislodged before the wound heals. Normally a blood clot would form to help protect the bone and nerve endings in the empty socket. Leaving the bone exposed can result in significant pain, not only in the socket but along the side of your face.

What Are The Symptoms?

The empty socket may cause a throbbing pain, which can be like toothache, and if you look at the socket, you my see exposed bone rather than a blood clot. You may also experience a bad taste or smell.

Am I More At Risk?

You are more at risk of developing dry socket if:

  • you don’t follow the dentist’s instruction after the tooth removal
  • you smoke
  • you’re over 25 years old
  • you’ve had the condition before
  • the extraction was difficult or complicated

When Should I See A Dentist?

Some pain after a tooth extraction is normal. However, you should be able to manage the pain with the medication recommended by your dentist. If you develop new or worsened pain in the days after your extraction, call your dentist for advice as they may want to see you to check the healing process. If you are concerned about your pain after the removal of a tooth, please call us for advice on 01723 670500.

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