Dry socket is an inflammation of the jawbone after a tooth, such as a wisdom tooth, has been removed (extracted).
Dry socket develops when the blood clot at the site of surgery disintegrates or is dislodged. This condition can cause severe pain extending up to the ear. The socket may smell bad. The pain from a dry socket may last for several days.
Dry socket usually is treated by a dentist or oral surgeon, who may place a special medicated gauze or paste into the socket. He or she may also have you take pain medicine.
To prevent dry socket, be sure to follow your dentist's instructions, which may include the following:
Call your dentist or oral surgeon if it's a few days after your surgery and you have severe pain around the area where your tooth was removed.
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Current as of:
June 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineArden Christen DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Current as of: June 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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