What is the prognosis for dry socket?

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The prognosis for dry socket, a complication of tooth extraction, is usually good. To treat the dry socket, your dentist will place a medicated dressing into the socket to relieve pain, prevent infection, and help the area heal. You will probably need a new dressing every day for several days. In most cases, the pain goes away in a few days, and the socket heals within a couple of weeks. Infection may sometimes occur and may need additional treatment.

The prognosis for dry socket is very good. Once you have received treatment for the condition, you should start feeling relief in a few hours. The pain will gradually diminish, and you may have no pain at all while your dry socket heals. The healing process is generally very easy. Dry socket that does not heal in a few weeks may indicate other medical issues.

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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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