How can dry socket affect my quality of life?

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Dry socket may affect your quality of life by causing considerable pain. Dry socket can occur after you've had a tooth removed. Usually, this removal results in a blood clot forming over the hole that contained your tooth (the socket). This clot is important because it protects the socket until the healing process is complete. Sometimes, however, the blood clot gets washed away before the socket is healed fully. This leaves the socket exposed to air and food bits, which can be painful. Fortunately, dry socket can be easily treated and the pain relieved.

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If you've just had a tooth extracted, particularly a wisdom tooth, you may start to feel a nasty pain a few days after the tooth extraction. Call your doctor or dentist to see if this is dry socket, a condition that can happen whe...

n the blood clot that is supposed to form in the socket where your tooth was gets dislodged. This will interfere with healing. Also known as alveolar osteitis, dry socket can cause pain not only where the tooth was but through the jaw and radiating to your ears. Learn more about preventing and treating dry socket with expert advice from Sharecare.
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