What Is Dry Socket?

Q:
What is dry socket?

A:
Dry socket is a condition in which there is inflammation of the jawbone (or alveolar bone) after a tooth extraction. It is also referred to as “alveolar osteitis” and is one of the many complications that can occur after a tooth extraction.

The typical symptoms for dry socket are the occurrence of throbbing pain for about two to four days after the tooth is extracted. Dry socket pain is often accompanied by bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth. This onset of pain also indicates that the proper healing process of tooth extraction has been interrupted.

The occurrence of dry socket is relatively rare, occurring in about 2% of tooth extractions. However, that percentage rises to at least 20% when it involves the removal of mandibular impacted third molars (lower wisdom teeth).

Please consult your doctor for more information.

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