Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, is one of the most common complications that can occur after a dental extraction. A dry socket occurs when the protective blood clot that normally forms in the extraction site after surgery fails to form or breaks down soon after it has formed, which exposes the bone and nerves and can result in significant pain. Dry sockets can occur after any extraction but are most common after extraction of lower third molars (wisdom teeth).
A dry socket is characterized by a sudden increase in pain intensity one to five days after the extraction. If you have recently had a tooth extracted and are experiencing sudden severe pain or swelling several days after the extraction, then you may have a dry socket. Continue reading to discover more dry socket signs and symptoms.
Some pain is to be expected after any tooth extraction, but if you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, then call your dentist or oral surgeon. They can provide appropriate care to ensure proper healing and pain relief. Symptoms can include:
Yes, a dry socket can heal on its own, but you will experience pain and discomfort at the site for longer than is necessary. Seeing your oral surgeon or dentist can help relieve the pain and speed up the healing process.
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