Dry socket is a complication of having a tooth pulled (tooth extraction). The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth used to be. After a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the socket. This protects the bone and nerves underneath as it heals.
Dry socket occurs when the clot is lost or does not form well. The bone and nerves are exposed to the air. This causes pain and delays healing.
Alveolar osteitis; Alveolitis; Septic socket
You may be more at risk for dry socket if you:
Symptoms of dry socket are:
Your dentist will treat the dry socket by:
Your dentist may also decide to:
Self-Care for dry Socket
To care for the dry socket at home:
How to Prevent dry Socket
To prevent dry socket, follow your dentist's instructions for mouth care after you have a tooth pulled.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your dentist if you think you have:
American Dental Association. Dry socket. www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dry-socket. Accessed November 20, 2018.
Hupp JR. Prevention and management of extraction complications. In: Hupp JR, Ellis E, Tucker MR, eds. Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 6th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby; 2014:chap 11.
Review Date: 10/14/2018
Reviewed By: Richard Port, DDS, MS, Diplomate: American Boards of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Private Practice, Orthodontics, Vernon Hills and Gurnee, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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