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What are the symptoms of dry socket?

Severe pain is the main symptom of dry socket. The pain of extraction will gradually diminish for 2 or 3 days, and then the dry socket pain sets in suddenly. If you have dry socket, you may also have an earache. You may also see bone in the socket and have bad breath and swollen lymph nodes.

The main symptom of dry socket is pain at the hole (or socket) that's left behind when you have a tooth removed. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that formed over the hole in your tooth dislodges prematurely. The pain can be quite severe, developing a few days after surgery and spreading throughout the mouth. You may feel pain in your face and around the ears. Dry socket can also give you bad breath or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Don't try to treat symptoms of dry socket on your own; see your dentist instead.

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