What is a dry socket and how do I know if I have one?

by on June 2, 2017

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot becomes dislodged from the extraction site prematurely, and the jawbone is exposed. A dry socket is very painful. If it were to occur, it would be symptomatic a week after surgery. It is not common to get a dry socket. An extraction site can most commonly be irritated by lodged food. This issue is often confused for having a dry socket. If you follow the post-operative instructions, you shouldn’t have any issues. However, if your pain continues beyond the average healing process, contact your dentist to get evaluated.