Is dry socket serious?

Dry socket can be painful for three to five days, or so. This occurs when the socket is slow to heal following a tooth extraction. It is necessary to follow a dentist's post extraction regimen. If pain, bleeding or other problems persist after five days, contact your dentist.

Dry socket is not a serious condition, but it can be painful. This temporary condition usually goes away in two weeks, when the gum heals. Your dentist can give you medication and advice to help deal with the pain.

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Dry Socket

Dry Socket

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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