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Dry Socket

What is dry socket?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentistry, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Dry socket is a condition in which the gum doesn't heal properly after a permanent tooth has been extracted. Sometimes the blood clot that forms after an extraction gets displaced or disintegrates too soon, leaving nerves exposed. The condition, technically known as alveolar osteitis, can be very painful and requires the help of a dentist to treat.
  • ADA - Preventing and Treating Dry Socket

    A dry socket sometimes occurs after a tooth is pulled. Listen as Dr. Maria Howell Lopez explains what a dentist can do to help relieve the pain.


  • Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful dental condition. It develops when a blood clot is lost from the tooth socket after the extraction of an adult tooth. When the clot is lost, bone and nerves are exposed, causing a great deal of pain.

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