What is a dry socket?
A dry socket is a dental condition that can occur after you have had a tooth extracted and can often be more painful than the original toothache. A dry socket is the most common complication following tooth extractions. If you develop a dry socket, the pain usually begins three to four days after your tooth is removed.
After a tooth extraction a blood clot forms in the extraction site and serves as a protective layer over the underlying bone and nerve endings. The clot also provides the foundation for the growth of new bone and for the development of soft tissue over the clot. A dry socket will occur when the blood clot is dislodged or has dissolved from the extraction site before the wound has healed. Exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in an intense pain, not only in the socket but also along the nerves radiating to the side of your face.
Over-the-counter medications alone won't be enough to treat dry socket pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon can provide treatments to relieve your pain and promote healing. So if you think your experiencing a dry socket give us a call today.