How does dry socket affect my quality of life?

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The most common effect of dry socket is pain in the area where the tooth has been extracted. This can lead to missing school or work. Smoking or drinking through a straw can delay the healing process. The condition is short-term, however. Consult your dentist, who can help with treatment for pain and the healing process.

Dry socket can affect your quality of life because of the amount of pain it causes. As a result of the pain, you may miss school or work. A dry socket could also prevent healing and delay other dental work. Fortunately, the condition only lasts about two weeks.

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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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