What is dry socket?

A dry socket sometimes occurs after a tooth is pulled. Listen as Dr. Maria Howell Lopez explains what a dentist can do to help relieve the pain.
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Dry socket is a condition in which the gum doesn't heal properly after a permanent tooth has been extracted. Sometimes the blood clot that forms after an extraction gets displaced or disintegrates too soon, leaving nerves exposed. The condition, technically known as alveolar osteitis, can be very painful and requires the help of a dentist to treat.

Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful dental condition. It develops when a blood clot is lost from the tooth socket after the extraction of an adult tooth. When the clot is lost, bone and nerves are exposed, causing a great deal of pain.

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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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