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What is Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful condition that develops after a tooth extraction, usually a lower wisdom tooth. Normally a blood clot forms after an extraction. This blood clot is a natural protective dressing protecting the underlying bone and has the factors to promote healing of bone and soft tissue.

When this blood clot is lost - due to smoking, sucking actions, spitting, rinsing etc. - then, the underlying bone is exposed and it results in severe pain. A dry socket usually happens 3 -5 days after the procedure.

Dry socket is seen more in females and those taking oral contraceptives for reasons that we are not aware of.

It is usually treated with ibuprofen and a medicated dressing.

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