Can dry socket have any complications?

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Some symptoms of dry socket include pain following a tooth extraction. This happens when the blood clot that forms over your socket is displaced; leaving bone and nerves exposed. By not keeping the area clean, it is possible to get an infection. Consult your dentist immediately, who can provide treatment to help with pain and the healing process.

Dry socket is a painful condition that can happen after a tooth is removed. If the dry socket is treated properly, however, you shouldn't have complications. After a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the socket or hole left by the tooth. During the healing process, bone and gum tissue usually cover the blood clot. A dry socket occurs if the blood clot gets washed away, leaving your bone exposed to air and food.

There are a few complications related to dry socket. Some are more serious than others. Pain is the most common, which can cause absence from activities such as work or school. The dry socket may cause slow healing of the extraction site, and infection may set in. Finally, a dry socket may delay other planned dental work.

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