The term dry socket is a term used frequently in dentistry, but as a patient, if you have ever experienced a dry socket, it is likely you will never forget the pain.
Dry sockets are extremely painful, but they will heal with or without treatment. Treatment is palliative, in that it reduces the pain. Treatment for a dry socket usually entails the placement of a medicated packing material one or more times.
Awareness of the complication “dry socket” usually occurs 1-3 days after a difficult or traumatic tooth extraction. Lower teeth extractions are more prone to the dry socket complication, as are people who smoke. For unknown reasons, there is a higher incidence of dry socket in those who have experienced a previous dry socket complication.
Dry sockets tend to have an unpleasant odor, this may be due to the fact that there is jawbone exposed to the oral environment. this exposed, dead jawbone should be covered by a blood clot. Loss of the blood clot leaves the bone in the tooth socket exposed. Healing is delayed.
If you are in pain now, give your dentist a call. I am a dentist in Palm Harbor, the Tampa area of Florida.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A