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Dry socket is the term used for a painful complication that can occur after a tooth extraction. Ideally, after the procedure, pain should subside in a matter of days as the gums heal. In the case of dry socket, the protective blood clot that normally covers and seals the wound has somehow been dislodged, exposing the raw nerves and jawbone. When this happens, you become vulnerable to infection and can experience intense pain.

Dry socket can be very painful. When the clot is disrupted or dislodged, you may notice a dull throbbing that may radiate up to the ear. There can be an odor or a bad taste in your mouth.

Your dentist will talk with you about how to avoid dry socket after you have a tooth extracted. The first 5 days are the most critical for proper healing and the risk of getting dry socket is at its highest. If you believe you have dry socket, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Once cleaning out the sockets and removing debris, your dentist will use medicated gauze that to protect the wound and minimize pain. You’ll most likely receive a pain reliever and antibiotic.

You’ll also want to avoid certain behaviors such as:
-Drinking hot or warm beverages
-Drinking carbonated beverages
-Using straws
-Smoking
-Stress
-Certain medications.

If you are concerned about dry socket after an extraction, Dr. Rafah Abdelmonem would be pleased to discuss it with you. Please contact American Dental Center Homestead to make an appointment at 305-247-8823, or come by our office in Homestead, Florida.