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How do you know if you have dry socket?

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AnswerThe symptoms of dry socket typically appear a few days following the extraction (removal) of a tooth. It is an excruciating and debilitating pain, which is a result of exposed nerves and inflamed bone where the tooth used to be. Usually, a blood clot fills the socket and insulates the nerves and bone from the outside environment. If the clot is lost prematurely, a dry socket can be the result.

A dry socket needs to be diagnosed and treated by the dentist who extracted the tooth. This is a relatively routine complication, and it will be covered as part of normal follow-up care. Until you can see your dentist, you can get some temporary relief by applying a small amount of oil of cloves to a small cotton pellet and placing it on the extraction site.

Personal Experience:

When I had 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled when I was in my 20s I suffered from dry socket and the pain was out of this world. My mom phoned the dentist and he came to the office and took the stitches out, packed each socket and re closed it. I slept for 2 days! What happens sometimes is when they pull a tooth the root pulls away the thin layer covering the bone and the bone is exposed to air. Ouch!

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