What To Do If You Have A Dry Socket

When you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket left behind, this is to protect the exposed nerves and bone. Under certain circumstances, the clot may dissolve or become dislodged within the first few days after you have had the tooth pulled, leaving the bone and nerves vulnerable to anything that you put in your mouth. This is known as a dry socket, or alveolar osteitis. It can cause severe pain lasting for 5-6 days. Only 2-5 percent of people develop a dry socket. You may be at a higher risk if you:

  • Dentist Checking dry socketare a smoker
  • have poor dental hygiene
  • use birth control pills
  • have had a dry socket before
  • have an unusually traumatic extraction
  • drink through a straw within 48 hours after the extraction

Signs and Symptoms of Dry Socket

  • severe pain in face, temple, ear, or eye
  • exposed bone in the socket
  • bad breath
  • unpleasant taste
  • swollen lymph nodes in jaw and neck areas
  • mild fever

Dry Socket Treatment

If you have a dry socket, you should see your dentist straight away so you can begin treatment. Delaying treatment can prolong healing time and increase the amount of pain you are suffering. Initially, your dentists will flush out the dry socket to get rid of any food particles. He/she will then apply a topical anesthetic to alleviate the pain and keep the socket clean. As the socket heals, you will notice your symptoms resolve.

Here at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the best oral and facial skeletal surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and facial skin care available in northwest Georgia. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. If you have a dry socket contact us today and we will arrange for treatment.