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What is dry socket?

Alveolar osteitis or dry socket is characterized by a painful oral condition that can take place after a permanent adult tooth extraction. The condition takes place when blood clot at the area of tooth extraction has dissolved or dislodged before the healing of the wound. Dry socket usually occurs after tooth extractions and the pain begins 1-3 days following the extraction. Schedule an appointment with a dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic for the treatment of this painful medical condition.

What are the symptoms of dry socket?

Symptoms include:

  • Visible bone in the socket
  • Sharp pain after a few days of a tooth extraction
  • Total or partial loss of blood clot at the area of tooth extraction
  • Pain radiating from the socket to the eye, ear, neck or temple on the same side of the face as the tooth extraction
  • Foul odour or bad breath coming from the mouth
  • Swelling of lymph nodes around the neck or  jaw
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

What are the risk factors of dry socket?

Factors responsible for increasing your chances for developing this condition include smoking, use of tobacco, oral contraceptives, improper at-home care, gum or tooth infection and having a history of increasing your chances of this condition.

Make an appointment with an experienced dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic if you notice any of the symptoms.