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How can dry socket affect my quality of life?

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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